Lesbian Marine Waitress Lied About Tip Story
Recently, a waitress and former Marine drew an outpouring of sympathy after claiming a religious couple left a message insulting her lifestyle instead of a tip. Now, as the late Paul Harvey would have said, for the rest of the story . . . .
Good Morning America (“Some Donations in Anti-Gay Tipping Scandal Refunded Via Paypal“):
At least three duped donors who gave money to a waitress and former Marine who claimed a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip have had their donations refunded via PayPal, according to the founder of the web site that had first publicized the story and posts on the site.
Dayna Morales, a waitress at Gallop Asian Bistro, N.J., made national headlines and received an outpouring of public support and at least $3,000 in donations after she claimed a family stiffed her and instead left her a note on the receipt reading, “Sorry, I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.”
But after an unidentified couple came forward days later with a customer receipt and bank statement to prove that they had in fact left Dayna Morales an $18 tip on top of the $93.55 check, former friends of Morales also came forward claiming she was a compulsive liar.
Morales, 22, did not contact media directly with her story, but it soon went viral after it was picked up by a gay advocacy website, Have a Gay Day, which posted it on its Facebook wall.
“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,” Morales posted, along with a picture of the receipt to Have a Gay Day on Nov. 13. “Sorry lady but I don’t agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you’re raising your kids but you didn’t see me throwing that in your face and giving you sh–y service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.”
The Founder of the Ohio-based website confirmed on Friday he had received messages from at least three people saying they had received their donations back.
“It has been confirmed that refunds have been issued to people that gave to Dayna Morales and the story we posted last month that she sent about the note on the receipt where she was not tipped,” Have a Gay Day founder Michael Knote wrote on the Facebook page. “We’re not sure who is exactly issuing the refunds but we have had 4 different people send us info that they received paypal refunds this morning.”
Knote, 30, told ABC News he feels betrayed by the whole episode, and a “responsibility to find the truth” because it was his site that initially posted Morales’ story. He said the last time he spoke to Morales was a few days after the media had picked up the story, but he hasn’t been able to reach her since then because she has since taken down her Facebook page.
The story wasn’t true but it’s certainly truthy. Because lots of people go through the trouble of explaining why they’re not leaving a tip and deserve to be outed on Social Media for it.