A gay waitress who claimed that a New Jersey couple left her an anti-gay note instead of a tip might have been lying about the whole incident. Dayna Morales posted the receipt, which had the message, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle,” to her Facebook page and it immediately went viral. The anti-gay note also prompting over $10,000 in donations from sympathic people after Morales said all the money would be donated to the Wounded Warrior project.
However, Morales has now been suspended from the restaurant she worked at, pending an investigation, after new evidence showed she may have been lying. Morales also faces potential fraud charges and jail time. New Jersey restaurant Gallop Asian Bistro confirmed on its Facebook page that Morales “is currently not on our employee schedule while we are still waiting to complete our investigation.” Some of her acquaintances also told USA Today that Morales had a pattern of compulsive and pathological lying. The waitress reportedly once told friends she shaved her head because she had brain cancer, but then amended her story to say a friend had brain cancer.
The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, showed NBC 4 New York a receipt that appeared to be printed at the same minute on the same date, for the same amount of $93.55. The only difference is their bill included a credit card charge for an $18 tip. The wife said that she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right. “I just felt like people have a right to know,” said the wife. “It’s fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they’re doing it under a false pretense.”
Former federal prosecutor Kerry Lawrence said that Morales would likely not face fraud charges if she did actually donate all of the money she received to the Wounded Warrior project. But if she kept any of the money, she could face potential jail time.