Two weeks ago, the story of a gay waitress who said she was refused a tip by a New Jersey couple went viral. But now, as with so many other viral stories, the account appears too good—or, in this case, awful—to be true: The couple has come forward with their copy of the receipt and their credit card statement as proof that the whole thing was a hoax.
On November 13, Dayna Morales, a former Marine and current server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey claims she waited on a couple that insisted on calling her “Dan” and left a hateful note instead of a tip: “sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life,” the note allegedly read. Morales sent a photo of the note to Have a Gay Day, and it quickly went viral, generating thousands in donations for Morales.
"Never would a message like that come from us," said the husband of the couple who allegedly left the note, before noting that he and his wife support gay rights and refused to vote for New Jersey Governor because of his stance against gay marriage. "It’s a disgusting thing to do," he added. "The restaurant profits from this, obviously Dayna profits from this. It’s fraud, it’s a scam."
When contacted by NBC 4, neither the restaurant’s manager nor its owner could produce the original receipt or explain why the family was charged $18 more than Morales claimed.
For now, Morales is standing by her story, though not in the most convincing manner. “I don’t know, all I know is what I’ve been saying,” she told NBC 4. “That’s not my handwriting. I don’t know.”
Did a coworker screw her over!? Holy crap. This could get interesting.