The waitress accused of falsely claiming a customer wrote her a note explaining they could not tip her because of her “lifestyle” is no longer employed by a New Jersey restaurant. Calling it “a joint decision,” Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater announced that Dayna Morales “will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant.”
Yesterday, after several weeks investigating, Gallop Asian Bistro posted a comment to their Facebook page.
“The Gallop Asian Bistro has taken seriously the allegations made by Ms. Dayna Morales, and those made against her,” they wrote. Chastising the media, they noted the situation “is not a simple, straight-forward matter.
Unfortunately, few, if any, will ever learn what actually happened.
“The results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened between Ms. Morales and the customers that night,” they announced.
“However, in light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future.”
Once news broke that Morales may have lied, her supporters, especially on social media became enraged, angered, and duped. Some called her a “scam artist,” others suggested she had mental health issues, and a few still thought perhaps there was an unseen explanation.
It all started back in November, when Morales had sent the Facebook page, Have A Gay Day, a receipt that had a line drawn through the tip section, and the words, “I’m sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life” written across it.
The receipt and her story went viral.
The New Civil Rights Movement spoke by phone with Morales to verify the story. She said her coworkers and employer were very supportive and “like family.”
Morales promised to donate the funds, about $3000, she had been receiving from sympathetic people across the county to the Wounded Warriors Project.
But with fame comes scrutiny, and the unnamed family Morales accused of writing the nasty note contacted an the NYC NBC News affiliate, providing a copy of the receipt and their Visa statement, showing they had left an $18 tip on the $93.55 tab. They accused Morales of “fraud.”
Stories came quickly. People who supposedly knew Morales claimed she was a liar, said she had received a dishonorable discharge from the Marines, claimed she had told her co-workers she had brain cancer, she had lost her home during Hurricane Sandy, and that she was the only member of her unit to survive an attack in Afghanistan. Those stories seem to be false.
Worse, the Wounded Warriors Project said they had no record of receiving the donation from Morales.
Then, a few days ago, at least one donor told reports she had received a refund, perhaps the first “good” news from this entire unfortunate event.
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