Waitress in anti-gay receipt dispute loses job

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A New Jersey waitress was out of a job on Saturday, weeks after her story of being denied a tip because of her sexual orientation brought an outpouring of sympathy and donations.

Dayna Morales’ employment was terminated after an internal investigation into allegations that she made up the story, Gallop Asian Bistro manager Bobby Vanderhoof told CNN.

“The results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened between Ms. Morales and the customers that night. 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,” the restaurant posted on Facebook.

Dayna Morales, 22, a former Marine, first complained about the alleged incident on a “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page, posting a photo of a receipt that read, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.”

The post went viral. Morales claimed the message was on a receipt for $93.55, for a meal ordered by a family of four at the restaurant in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

But then a report on television station NBC4 displayed a receipt from a family showing an $18 tip on a bill of $93.55, and a credit card statement with the same total value, $111.55, to back it up.

Facebook is on fire with hateful comments from people angered by the report.

Brian Cook wrote on the original Facebook post, “When you lie to make someone LOOK homophobic, you weaken your cause.”

Mia Frederiksen wrote, “Whatever the motive, it’s going to harm people who truly are discriminated against. The more this happens, the more the truly maligned will be ignored.”

Attempts by CNN to reach Morales for comment went unanswered.

After Morales’ story drew media attention, she and the restaurant received tips from “all over the world,” Morales told CNN in November. She and the restaurant said they planned to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project because Morales served in the Marine Corps for two years.

On the Facebook page, commenter Jeff Barrett wrote, “Wounded Warriors does not deserve to be associated with somebody who would cheapen the plight of both veterans and the LGBT community and slander an innocent family for money.”

The restaurant’s general manager, Byron Lapola, said the money that came in still will be donated.


  • Aaron

    The left? What does the sexual orientation of a liar have to do with anything? What do politics in General have to do with this? Senseless. I guess I’m trying to say that what you wrote was senseless and unrelated. Boo to you sir. Just boo.

      • Danielle Knox

        Guess you will be showing that horse… I am bi and belong to the LGBT community… and I am full-blooded Republican… No, sexual orientation does not *always* assume a political stance. Nor do all of the other constant stereotypes associated with politics.

        On another note, assuming that she actually forged it, it is pretty pathetic that she would forge this receipt and come up with a horrible scenario just to get fame and money. Shame on her.

  • Denise Palmeri

    I’m curious how that works…If somebody puts a tip on a credit card…is the restaurant supposed to give the waiter/waitress the tip right away or do they have to wait for the money to come in from the credit card company? …If the resaurant is supposed to give the server the tip…how would they not have that on their copy of the receipt and have known that there was a tip and knew they gave it to her…How could this go this far without the restaurant being aware . Why is it not possible that someone in the restaurant itself is the one ripping off the servers/

  • Denise Palmeri

    You better have that horse ready to show us George…..WASHINGTON — It has been 16 years since Kathryn Lehman was a Republican Hill staffer working on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

    Now Lehman’s back on Capitol Hill, in a new capacity: as a lesbian GOP lobbyist trying to repeal the law she helped write.

  • michael james

    I do not support the LGBT , but I do support all humans. I hate for anyone to be without a job or a way to support themselves and there families . My LORD ,the CREATOR taught me this. Hate is never the answer. Believe me, I was once one of the ones who looked at things the wrong way. I now understand that GODs laws are not a wall to keep use in , but a ladder to help us claim out.

  • jjim

    You better read your Bible!!!! SSodomy is a sin that God absolutely hates. God does not like any sin, but that one he HATES…. PERIOD!!!!

  • jim

    Also sin is not limited to the sodomites. Straight people do evil deeds too. What about those two creeps in Pa. Killing someone for the thrill? Robbing elderly people with dementia? How much more deviant can a society become? God help us !

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