There may be more to Dayna Morales’ story.
The former Marine and waitress at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., made headlines last week when she claimed she was denied a tip by a family that didn’t approve of her being a lesbian. Now, the family has come forward with their copy of the receipt, showing a tip amount and saying they did not write the hateful note that went viral, NBC New York reports.
"We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that," the wife, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.
On Nov. 13, Morales shared a photo on Facebook of a receipt she reportedly received without a tip amount. A handwritten note next to the total read, “I’m sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.”
“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 wrote next to the photo.
In a later comment, Morales added: “Thanks everyone for your support -- it took very fiber of my being not to spit in their food and say something. (Not gonna lie: if kids weren't there it would of been a totally different story)”
The photo went viral, with more than 9,000 likes and 4,000 shares. But the family that contacted NBC New York says their credit card statement proves they tipped the waitress. A receipt that shared the same time stamp as the one in the photo shows the family left an $18 tip.
The family believes they were victims of a hoax. Morales insists she did not receive a tip and that the handwriting on the note is not hers. "I don't know,” Morales said about the family’s claim, “All I know is what I've been saying."
Since the photo went viral, Morales has been receiving donations from all over the world. She says she is donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project.
"I just felt like people have a right to know. It's fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they're doing it under a false pretense," the wife said.
The restaurant has reportedly started an investigation into the incident. At the time when the photo first went public, the restaurant manager said they have zero tolerance toward discrimination and the family was “absolutely not” welcome back.
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