A gay waitress reportedly faked an offensive receipt that sparked outrage. Dayna Morales, age 22, claims a New Jersey family refused to leave her a tip on their $94 bill. The receipt, which Morales posted online, also contained a handwritten message: “I am sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”
Morales posted a photo of the receipt on the “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page. Along with the receipt, the former Marine provided a description of the incident.
On the evening of November 13, a family of four came into the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater. When Morales approached the family and introduced herself, she claims “the mom” said “oh I thought you were gonna say your name was Dan. You surprised us!”
The family enjoyed their meal without any complaints and paid with a credit card. Morales said when she looked at the credit card receipt she was stunned:
“NEVER in a million years did I think this would happen… it a family with two kids… I am THOROUGHLY offended… I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free.”
Dayna Morales said the family targeted her because she was gay. She said she posted the receipt online to raise awareness about discrimination. As reported by ABC News, the gay waitress raised more than awareness. After the photo went viral, she received thousands of dollars in donations. Morales pledged to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support to soldiers injured in the line of duty.
The photo of the receipt eventually gained the attention of a local family. The husband and wife said they dined at the Gallop Asian Bistro with their children on November 13. They also recognized Morales as their waitress. When the husband looked at the photo, he realized it was his signature on the receipt.
The husband and wife, who wish to remain anonymous, said they did in fact tip the waitress. They also deny writing the offensive message. The couple provided proof that Morales faked the receipt.
The couple’s copy of the receipt clearly shows that they left the waitress a 20 percent tip of $18. They also produced a credit card statement showing the amount of $111.55, which matched their copy of the credit card receipt.
In an interview with NBC News, the husband said he and his wife always tip, as they have both worked in restaurants. He also explained that he supports gay rights and same-sex marriage. He said he and his wife had no issue with the gay waitress, until they saw the falsified receipt.