The ex-Marine waitress who claimed she got a rude, anti-gay message instead of a tip has officially been fired from her job at Gallop Asian Bistro after her story was contested by the customers, and is now in the process of returning over $3,000 in donations that were given to her by sympathetic supporters of the gay community.
Dayna Morales posted a photo online of a receipt she says she discovered on the table after some rude customers left, with a note where the tip should have gone that read, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life”. The photo quickly went viral after her story was shared all over Facebook, and outraged people everywhere began sending Morales money. At one point, she said she would donate the funds to the Wounded Warriors Project to help wounded vets, but a little investigation done by the Bridgewater Patch showed that she hadn’t made good on the promise. She is reportedly refunding the money she received via PayPal, though it’s not clear how she’ll get back the money she received in cash.
The couple who allegedly left the note provided a bank statement and their copy of the receipt, which shows a generous tip was left. They also say they are supportive of the gay community and would never have left a note like that. Morales’ coworkers say it’s not the first time she’s been caught in a lie.
“Every story she comes up with has a lie,” said coworker Julie Howat. “It’s like she’s taking it to a whole other level. Now you’re lying to people to get their money. It’s not even for sympathy now.”