NEW YORK (PIX11) – It was a story that generated instant sympathy for a former Marine working as a waitress — a receipt posted online with a hateful message about her “lifestyle” to justify not leaving a tip.
Dayna Morales, who waits tables at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., says on November 13th she waited on a family who declined to leave a tip on their $93.55 check — instead allegedly leaving a note, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
Morales, who is gay, posted a picture of the receipt on the ‘Have a Gay Day’ Facebook page, and the story spread quickly, landing her squarely in the media spotlight and prompting empathetic supporters to create a collection fund for her.
The story spread so widely, however, that they people who signed the receipt saw a news report and spoke to NBC, claiming that they not only didn’t write the note, but that they had tipped Morales well.
“I could actually tell it’s my name under the fuzzed-out name,” said one of the diners, who didn’t want to be identified.
They even offered their own copy of the receipt, showing an $18 tip — a claim backed up on a copy of their credit card statement. “It’s a disgusting thing to do, The restaurant profits from this, obviously Dayna is profiting from this, and it’s fraud, it’s a scam,” the diner said.
PIX11 News reached out to Morales and her manager at Gallop Tuesday, but our calls were not returned.
Morales even appeared on the PIX11 Morning News Show after the alleged incident, and was questioned about the evening and whether she had any problems with the family during the service.
“Right off the bat they assumed my name would be Dan,” Morales told anchor Sukanya Krishnan. “They were surprised I said my name was Dayna, they thought it was Dan.”
Morales admitted that, after the initial name confusion, the service was normal and “there were no more words said.”
The Facebook page that initially published an image of the receipt posted the following statement in reaction to the latest report:
“We were not aware of this story being done or any more of this story since it was shared with us. After watching the story shared with us we do have questions that hopefully we will find the answers to in the upcoming days ahead. We share this link with you as it was shared with us and only hope that the allegations are not true.”