Tip Receipt Hoax: Family Denies Leaving a Nasty Comment in the Tip Box for Gay Server

    November 26, 2013

Remember the waitress in New Jersey that claimed she wasn’t given a tip because she is gay? It turns out that is a hoax. A couple that wishes to remain anonymous contacted NBC 4 New York and said the whole thing is a lie, plus they showed their receipt and credit card statement as proof that they did leave a tip.

Dayna Morales submitted a picture of a receipt to a pro-gay Facebook page earlier this month that contained an anti-gay message where her tip was supposed to go. The note left on the receipt reads “sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life.”

Morales said that in addition to not receiving a tip for being gay, the family also made a rude comment to her based on her appearance. “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!'” In the Facebook post, Morales went on to say that she is a former Marine and that she served “to keep ignorant people like them free.”

Check out the original Facebook post, which includes the receipt, below. Click “See more” to read Morales’s entire note.

People were outraged to hear that this former Marine was denied a tip just because she is gay. Morales received at least $2,000 in donations from people that felt bad for her.

After a family recognized the receipt that went viral and showed proof that they left no such note, it appears the whole thing was a hoax. According to NBC 4 New York, the husband and wife Morales accused of leaving the anti-gay note not only proved that they didn’t leave the note, but that they left a 20 percent tip as well.

“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said. After showing NBC 4 New York her copy of the receipt and her credit card statement that showed she left an $18 tip, the wife also said that based on the handwriting it was impossible for her to have left the note. The woman said that she is left-handed and that the handwriting indicated a right-handed writer.

So far Morales is denying that the receipt is a hoax and still claims she didn’t receive a tip, despite the family having proof via their credit card statement. The manager of the restaurant Morales works at is investigating the situation, so it should be interesting to see what they turn up.

[Image via Facebook]