A gay waitress may have lied about the homophobic note left to her in lieu of a tip last month. Twenty-two-year-old Dayna Morales shared a photo of a note that a family left at the restaurant she works at in New Jersey. She is now reportedly paying back the money that people donated because they sympathized with her.
The story reached the public last month when Morales found a note on the table that she would not receive a tip due to her “lifestyle.” The note was from a family of four, who had spent almost $94 on a meal at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater. She sent an email with an attachment of the note to a gay advocacy group, and posted the photo on Facebook.
Many people expressed their sympathies and encouraged her to set up a PayPal account to receive donations. She said that the donations would go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Morales stated that she had served in the United States military and told colleagues that she had been hit with a landmine. However, that was just the start of her lies. She has never seen active duty. Her discharge was “less than honorable,” due to missing drills.
The family who supposedly left the note have challenged the accusation. While remaining anonymous, the family have shown proof that they left an $18 tip for their meal by showing their credit card bill. This was the first indication that the gay waitress has lied about the homophobic note. Morales has since been suspended from her job while an investigation is carried out.
With questions about the note, there are now questions about the donations and whether they have made. The Wounded Warrior Project cannot confirm whether any donations have been made by Morales. However, while nothing shows up under her ZIP code and name, it is possible that the donations were made through a third-party.
These are not the first set of lies that she has told. Former Marine and The Cheesecake Factory colleagues claim that she has a long history of lying. Some of those lies include having brain cancer, the death of her baby and the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused to her home. One of her current work “friends” insists that every story she tells is a lie, but people fall for them.
People who left the troubled waitress a tip have used Twitter and Facebook as a way to let out their further sympathies and anger. One user, who received a full refund, stated that she hoped Morales would get the help she needed. Another was disappointed to find out that it was all a scam, but confirmed that she did receive a refund.
Cracks in Morales’ story changed once the family came forward with the truth and proof. The owners decided that it was time to find out both sides of the story, and that led to the suspension of the 22-year-old. So far, there is no confirmation of whether the gay waitress will be fired if it turns out she did lie about the homophobic note.
By Alexandria Ingham