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Waitress Accused Of Lying Over ‘Lifestyle’ Tip ‘Will No Longer Continue Her Employment’

by David Badash on December 8, 2013

in News

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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.


Images: screenshots via NBC and Have A Gay Day

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medewtysenu December 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

The Merchant copy doesn't show a tip added. It shows a total of $93.55. The Customer copy shows a tip. Anyone who has ever done a CC transaction knows that both copies would be the same if a tip was added before the transaction was completed. Obviously the customer wrote in a tip after the transaction was complete and the waitress received no tip. Most likely this was done after the story broke and it was the customer lying.
The waitress may have not contributed to the WWP but this story was originally about her receiving no tip, which the Customer receipt actually shows because it disagrees with the Merchant's copy. If the customer is really honest they would show their actual CC statement from their bank which would show the retailer's name and the actual amount. The fact that they haven't come forward with this statement makes me suspicious.

Also how do we know whether the waitress donated the money to the Wounded Warrior Project anonymously? This would explain why there is no record.

wnate55 December 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

"Anyone who has ever done a CC transaction knows that both copies would be the same if a tip was added before the transaction" Clearly you've never worked at a restaurant. Its all too common that people sign the wrong receipt and walk off with it. Also, when that does occur, you can print up a copy of the receipt which would have no indication of the tipped amount left by the customer which is most likely what was the case here. Secondly you didn't read the article very thoroughly, it states "providing a copy of their receipt AND visa statement."

As for your last statement, that is entirely possible.

none_none December 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

the couple did, in fact, provide the bank statement of the cc receipt. It was in the NBC New York news story when they first came forward

turbocrusher December 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Your main argument has already been discredited by the first 2 replies. What counterargument do you have regarding multiple allegations of her inclination to propagate falsehoods?

RevDrJEBateau December 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I've said it several times, and I'm saying it again. You are not getting all of your facts straight before you print your stories, as evidenced by the first two replies to this article. Clearly, you do not know how the credit card transaction system works or you would know which one was false. Making implications that someone is lying, that they have mental health problems, etc., at least this time you phrased it that "others" were making these accusations though in your past articles your articles in fact made the accusations. But as I stated before, you would be best off to leave this situation alone, you can not possibly know what really happened, and you just keep digging in deeper and deeper, making it clearer and clearer that you do not know what you are writing about, that you do not get the information that you need in order to write about it completely and rationally, and that what you leave out is often more important than what you include. Research your articles better before you go to print. You are not doing yourselves nor your readers any justice to print this kind of material.

Merv9999 December 9, 2013 at 12:54 am

While it would have been preferable that they not have posted the original story where the waitress claimed she was stiffed by homophobes until it was better vetted, given that it was posted, they are doing the correct thing by keeping us informed as it appears increasingly likely that the original claim was a hoax. To do otherwise, runs the risk of leaving a false impression.

RevDrJEBateau December 9, 2013 at 1:34 am

Yet it does not appear more likely that it was a hoax, since they clearly do not understand how charges go through the system, and that had they understood this, they would not have run this current story in it's current form. The receipt could not possibly have been processed in the form that the alleged customers presented it as, since it would have to read more like the copy that went to the management of the restaurant for processing. After you get your copy, you can write on it what you want. You can write that you gave a tip or not, so that you can use it for your own tax purposes, give it to your boss for reimbursement, etc., but whatever was written on the original would have appeared on their copy. Yet it is possible that after the two copies were separated, that more could have been added to the restaurant copy, i.e., the offensive comments, but not the tip portion, that would have been there regardless, or there would have been extensive proof of erasure, and that did not appear to be there. So again, without checking out how these things work, how they get processed, etc., they ran another story. I want our press to succeed. But it has to be more than just high school level sensationalism. There has to be substance that is worth reading, there has to be verifiable facts, there has to be some evidence that an attempt was made to verify those facts and that what is given to us is useful information. There is so much information flying at us at such a fast pace, that we don't need the "Gone With The Wind" version, we definitely need it to be compacted, edited down, abbreviated so that we aren't wasting a lot of time with fluff. But that means that the people who decide to write for current media have to be on the ball, have to go after facts, and they need to go beyond Wikipedia, go to wherever they can get facts, and verify information to the best of their ability. I agree with you. I don't want them to leave a false impression either. But they have left so many false impressions throughout this overly long ordeal, that it would have been the better part of valor to have left it alone. There is something going on under the wraps that we do not know about, and I doubt if we will ever know about, and frankly i don't think that we are entitled to know about it. There is something here that doesn't add up, and so it is best to let it go. There are things that just aren't right here, and perhaps all of this attention is making matters worse, i don't know. But I know what I am going to do. I'm going to leave it alone. I'm not going to read any more information about it, whether from this source or from any other. I am going to go back to my own personal business, my own little world, and forget all about it. I am going to hope that no more of these "angry non-tippers" pop up, because those who do this have problems that should be taken out in therapy. If the only way that they can express their anger and irrational views is to take it out on the waitstaff, some of the most poorly paid people in the country, then they need some help that we surely cannot give them on a computer screen. But what we could do is, within our own communities, start the process ti get a movement going to raise the wages for waitstaff. I know in my own state, they have not been raised for over twenty (20) years! That is a long time to work for two dollars an hour, just hoping and praying that patrons will give you a tip! It doesn't help you on those days when you just do not have any customers. So for something positive that we can all do, organize to help wait staff in your communities to get them all a raise!

Merv9999 December 9, 2013 at 2:23 am

The vast majority of restaurants in my area (which is not the same area as this story), do not use carbonless copy paper. When I indicate the tip I give, I have to write it twice, once on the restaurant copy, and once (optionally) on the customer copy. In other words, the handwritten portions need bear no relation to each other. Also, the restaurant almost certainly has the ability to print out extra blank copies of the slip, if for no other reason than to add or delete charges. Bottom line, what appears on the customer or restaurant slips are not strong evidence either way. What would be good evidence would be information from the credit card company itself. I've heard that that information supports the customer version of events, but I obviously haven't seen it in person. Acknowledging that nothing I've heard so far is conclusive, the preponderance of evidence in my opinion favors the customer's version.

colonelkira December 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Wheres the outrage over a truly horrendous publicity and money seeking scam by a truly horrible individual?

Oh let me guess………there isnt any beacuse she's "One of our own!!"


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