Gay waitress loses job, accused of forging offensive note on tip

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After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, seen at the left, a local family said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note, as seen on the right. (Photo: Facebook / Have a Gay Day)

After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, seen at the left, a local family said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note, as seen on the right. (Photo: Facebook / Have a Gay Day)

After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, seen at the left, a local family said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note, as seen on the right. (Photo: Facebook / Have a Gay Day)

After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, seen at the left, a local family said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn’t write any such note, as seen on the right. (Photo: Facebook / Have a Gay Day)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A New Jersey waitress was out of a job on Saturday, weeks after her story of being denied a tip because of her sexual orientation brought an outpouring of sympathy and donations.

Dayna Morales’ employment was terminated after an internal investigation into allegations that she made up the story, Gallop Asian Bistro manager Bobby Vanderhoof told CNN.

“The results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened between Ms. Morales and the customers that night. However, in light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant,” the restaurant posted on Facebook.

Dayna Morales, 22, a former Marine, first complained about the alleged incident on a “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page, posting a photo of a receipt that read, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.”

The post went viral. Morales claimed the message was on a receipt for $93.55, for a meal ordered by a family of four at the restaurant in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

But then a report on television station NBC4 displayed a receipt from a family showing an $18 tip on a bill of $93.55, and a credit card statement with the same total value, $111.55, to back it up.

Facebook is on fire with hateful comments from people angered by the report.

Brian Cook wrote on the original Facebook post, “When you lie to make someone LOOK homophobic, you weaken your cause.”

Mia Frederiksen wrote, “Whatever the motive, it’s going to harm people who truly are discriminated against. The more this happens, the more the truly maligned will be ignored.”

Attempts by CNN to reach Morales for comment went unanswered.

After Morales’ story drew media attention, she and the restaurant received tips from “all over the world,” Morales told CNN in November. She and the restaurant said they planned to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project because Morales served in the Marine Corps for two years.

That portion of Morales life has also come into question after this incident, as NBC4 has also reported that Morales was dishonorably discharged from the Marines. The Pentagon has since confirmed those reports, saying Morales was dismissed after she stopped showing up for required drills.

On the Facebook page, commenter Jeff Barrett wrote, “Wounded Warriors does not deserve to be associated with somebody who would cheapen the plight of both veterans and the LGBT community and slander an innocent family for money.”

The restaurant’s general manager, Byron Lapola, said the money that came in still will be donated.

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11 comments

  • john cook

    these are some of the most shallow, hateful and judgmental people I have ever encountered.

    and they then have the nerve to wonder why people don’t want to be around them.

    it doesn’t help

  • Crazy Cat Lady

    So everyone who posted hateful or hurtful things about these people will now apologize? RIGHTTTTT!!!!!

  • dapandico

    Another fake hate crime to garner sympathy and outrage. Same as Matthew Sheppard, killed in a meth deal gone wrong.

  • christopherjcoleman

    You’re a piece of work, “dapandico” to make such a horribly and untrue statement about Matthew Sheppard. As a friend of his family whom I personally know and have worked with I can assure that it not at all the case. If you truly believe that you are a sad person. And if not, you’re a waste of air.

  • ra

    YOU”RE ALL OFF!

    Ok so when you look at the customer copy. that is the one the customer took. in order to look like it wasn’t like that they filled in different amounts. The copy the server has was the actual copy that was turned in with signature. they still left no tip! they are frauds now themselves. Lesson learned…. TIP RIGHT!

  • Patrick

    ra, Are you forgetting the credit card statement backing up the fact they left a tip. And let’s not forget that a “dishonorably” discharged person receives a dishorable discharge for less than “honorable” circumstances. Or perhaps the customer, credit card company, and the Pentagon all conspired to make her look bad.

  • Amanda Rhodes

    It could have happened that they left both copies. Being a waitress I have had this happen, and if the spouse fills out the other copy I will definitely get my tip. Cause people are so nasty about tipping anyways, I got a letter on an almost $200 bill once that said. Thank you for being such a wonderful smiley girl we really enjoyed your service, and they left me $1.50, they even told my manager how good I was. I was barely making ends, and I get that. If you can’t afford to tip don’t eat out. Period!.

    As for the article, we just don’t know and to assume that this waitress is a pos, is as someone else put it very judgmental. We may never know all the facts but someone could have written the note and the other person was embarrassed and sneak them the tip elsewhere, I have done this when I am out with rude people, usually it is cash, but if it is my cc and a rude person at the table does this I don’t usually think to grab the other receipt I just try and tip well. I am saying there are many sides to any story so why be so negative, at least the donated money is going to a good cause.

  • Me

    Ra, you’re a little goofy. I worked in food service for eight years. As a server you can reprint whichever copy of the receipt as many times as you please. The handwriting is clearly different; she could have easily reprinted a Merchant copy, forged the rest and simply thrown the real merchant copy in the trash. The $18.00 tip is far less than what was donated.

  • Me

    Although they did say the credit card statement showed the full amount! Which means she took their tip AND tried her scam!

  • Arctic Fox

    Amanda Rhodes said: ‘at least the donated money is going to a good cause.’

    Do you mean the Wounded Warrior project which to date has no proof of her even donating one cent.

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