Gay Waitress Was Given Tip, Credit Card Receipt Confirms

A New Jersey waitress’ claim that she was denied a tip for being gay is being refuted by the family.

Former Marine Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater N.J, posted a Facebook photo earlier this month revealing a receipt with a malicious note in the place of the tip. It read: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.”

However, new allegations suggest that the hateful note is fake. 

A couple told WNBC that the receipt in question belongs to them...and they did not write that message! The couple, who chose to remain anonymous, has a check with the same date and time stamp, but with one minor difference: an $18 tip and no note.

While Morales's copy displays no tip and a total of $93.55, the couple's copy reveals that they left an $18 tip for a total of $111.55. 

The couple allegedly provided a copy of their credit card statement, which confirms the added charge for the tip. 

When confronted about the allegations that the note could be faked, Morales said, “That’s not my handwriting. I don’t know. Again, I don’t know.”

Morales, who received an outpouring of support and donations from Facebook users, claims that she will be donating most of the money she's received to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The restaurant is conducting an internal investigation on the matter, and Morales still works as a waitress at the establishment.

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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