Remember the gay waitress who says she was stiffed on a tip due to her "lifestyle?" Well, now the validity of her story is being brought into question.
New Jersey server Dayna Morales says she was denied a tip by patrons who also left a nasty note on the check reading, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life." (Via WNYW)
The story gained national attention, and donations for the waitress came in from all over the world. But now a family claiming to be the patrons in question say they never wrote that note — and they did tip Morales.
In an exclusive interview with New York's WNBC, the family, who wished to remain anonymous, showed their customer copy of the receipt and provided their bank statement — matching the amount of the meal plus an $18 tip.
"I said 'Oh my god, they've...she's doctored up our check.'"
"They said it's possible you made this up because this isn't their handwriting and this isn't how they left their check."
"That's not my handwriting. I don't know."
The family tells WNBC it could all be a miscommunication. They claim they were told their server's name was going to be "Dan" and not "Dayna," so they called her "Dan" originally. But, as members of the Today Show point out, it's a very tricky situation.
"Maybe a third party came in and took the tip."
"But, here's the deal guys, the tip is included on their credit card charge. So, either someone fraudulently added money to their charge or it was there." (Via NBC)
Morales, a former Marine, says she never mentioned she was gay to the table she was serving, and all the money she's received from well-wishers is being donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Donations are pouring in for a New Jersey waitress and Marine Corps veteran after she received an insulting note in place of a tip.
Dayna Morales says she served a family of four at the Gallop Asian Bistro on Wednesday without any problems — until she saw the bill.
"It says, 'I'm sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.'" (Via WABC)
Outraged, Morales sent the insulting note to the Facebook page for the LGBT blog Have A Gay Day. She attached her own message saying, "I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free."
Now generous supporters are making up for Morales' lost tip in spectacular fashion. CNN reports the waitress has already received more than $2,000 in Paypal donations.
Separately, the restaurant where Morales works has pledged to match those donations with a contribution to a local LGBT organization. The restaurant's general manager told Today the family who stiffed Morales is not welcome back. "It's the most outlandish thing I've ever heard in my entire life. There's no reason for anything like that to happen." (Via NBC)
Morales says she plans to give her proceeds from this incident to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping injured veterans.