Gay Tipping Outrage: Couple Calls It Hoax

Alleged customers come forward to say they tipped the waitress

Restaurants can be soul-killing demi-purgatories of slights and insults for wait staff. They keep up a chipper demeanor because doing otherwise would mean sacrificing the bulk of their tip income and possibly even losing their jobs. But there are times that an outrage is so complete as to demand a response. At least, that is what Dayna Morales, an ex-Marine waitress at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., claimed when she said that some patrons had stiffed her and blamed the action on not agreeing with her gay "lifestyle," according to the Huffington Post.

The story brought international attention -- and at least $2000 in donations from people outraged by the action, according to CNN. But there's a new twist in the story: A couple claiming to be the ones in question told WNBC that they did tip the server and didn't leave a note. They reportedly produced credit card records that allegedly verified their side of the story.

Morales originally posted her story and an image of the credit card receipt on the Facebook page "Have A Gay Day."

The note says "sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life"

NEVER in a million years did I think this would happen. Not only was it a family with two kids, but as I introduce myself and tell them my name is Dayna - the mom proceeds to look at me and say "oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!"

I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free. Sorry lady but I don't agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you're raising your kids but you didn't see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.

Flickr/Dayna Morales

Perhaps public sentiment had already been stirred because of a seemingly similar anti-gay Kansas restaurant incident in October, as Huffington Post reported. Those customers allegedly wrote:

Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours.

In any case, the story Morales told quickly went viral and resulted in extensive media attention
As FoxNews reported, Morales said that she would donate some portion of the thousands in received donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

But then a family, claiming to be the one in question, contacted WNBC. They claimed they had left an $18 tip on the bill of $93.55.
They produced what they claimed was their copy of the original receipt, although it was not a carbon showing exactly what they had written on the restaurant's copy, and a Visa statement showing a total of $111.55, which would be the bill total and the tip.
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The wife said she had signed the slip but was left-handed and could not have made the slash across the tip line and that both she and her husband support gay rights. She explained the "Dan" remark as their joking reaction because they said they had asked for a server named Dan and were surprised when someone else helped them.

"I just felt like people have a right to know that -- it's fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they're doing it under a false pretense," said the wife.

Morales told WNBC that the note on the slip was not in her handwriting and that she was sure she had not been left a tip.

The restaurant said that it will undertake an internal investigation into the matter.
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ImportantFacts

Here's a "tip" for Dayna: Get that big chip off of your shoulder.

November 26 2013 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ward Speedy

I hope Dayna Morales enjoys a few years in jail for her hate crime against innocent Christians whom she falsely accused.

November 26 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnny

I didn't think this story held water. This Lesbian woman took the remark about "Dan" and ran with it.. when in fact it was an honest misunderstanding.
I know a lot of very devout Christians and not ONE of them would do what this woman says they did.
No one would even know she was a Lesbian unless she spoke up and told them. A lot of people express themselves with wild hair styles and tattoos without being Gay.
I hope this woman is shunned for her hatred towards Christians.. it has become trendy to hate Christains and this business has to stop.
The only reason I am not saying she should be fired and held accountable is her being a former Marine and because I respect her service to our country.. but she needs help and should pay back all the money she scammed over this episode.

November 26 2013 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Megan Summer

What a scammer !!! Even their credit card statement appeared with the full $ charged....tip included, u can't make that up.

November 26 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Song

An assumption that the "perpetrator" had to be one or the other of these two parties is not necessarily the case. The person who did this act could actually be another employee of the restaurant (or even the employer) who had access to the digital register where the bill and total charge were entered. Obviously, the tip was entered into/posted on the register because it is included in the credit card company bill sent to the couple who were the customers. However, SOMEONE at the restaurant, with access to the register, could have easily printed out a duplicate "MERCHANT COPY" version of the receipt, either before or after the posting of the tip, and wrote the comment on it along with a phony signature. A spiteful or hateful co-worker, or perhaps even the employee herself, could easily have done so within a matter of a few seconds. This could have been done at any point in time. Nonetheless, the "forensic" evidence that favors the customers combined with the WAY TOO defensive and negative attitude of this waitress on TV (along with the PayPal account existence for "donations") really makes her very suspect in this whole mess.

November 26 2013 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jack Carter

Well 'Song', you're CSI theory starts to unravel whenever you consider the fact that the waitress either initiated or perpetrated the story. So, she's either way she's lying. Most likely, she fabricated the whole story looking for attention.

Well, she got that, didn't she?

November 26 2013 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Truth

Your theory is wrong and I will tell you why: The TIP WAS CLAIMED ON THE CREDIT CARD. She recieved her tip when she processed her checkout at the end of the night. At some point or other this person is a LIAR. If someone else was playing a "prank" on her, they would not have entered a tip. This ex-marine took a tip, then forged a note from the "guest" and proceeded to slander them on the internet. If there was ever a liability from employing someone, this is it. Source:I am an F.O.H. manager.

November 26 2013 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin

Dayna is suffering from the delusion that her patrons owe her a tip, which is simply not the case. Nobody is required to tip, ever.

November 26 2013 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Truth

While I agree with the spirit of your statement, it in fact is not true. You can be arrested for THEFT if you do not pay the gratuity that is added to your bill. The real reason restuaunts add gratuity is not to protect the server, It is to protect the resturaunt from paying the server in the case you do not leave a tip.

November 26 2013 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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vdld

Huh? Where the heck did you come up with that? There is no law that says you have to tip and you certainly wouldn't be arrested for theft. You'd just be a deadbeat and probably not particularly welcome at that restaurant, if they recognize you there again. You need to do some serious googling before posting such crazy stuff and calling it "the truth." Tipping a server in a restaurant is a long-standing tradition, not a law.

November 27 2013 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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