File this story under “The Left Are Such Nice People.”
Kate Briquelet reports for the New York Post, December 7, 2013, that a waitress, 22-year-old Dayna Morales, who raked in thousands in donations after claiming a couple didn’t tip her because she’s gay, was fired from her job at the Gallop Asian Bristro in Bridgewater, NJ, on Saturday.
A month ago, Morales made national headlines when she claimed that a homophobic couple had stiffed her on a $93.55 bill and left a note (see below) saying, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
The alleged receipt
But the former (dishonorably discharged) Marine’s tale of homophobic prejudice began to unravel after the unnamed diners came forward with receipts showing a generous $18 tip, which is nearly 20% of their restaurant bill of $93.55.
Morales’ lie created a media firestorm, with outraged well-wishers sending her at least $3,000 in donations through a PayPal account. Morales claimed she’d send proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, but the group said it hasn’t received anything.
Some donors said their money was quietly returned over the weekend. “I received a refund … for the donation I made to Dayna Morales,” Kate Dols posted on the “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page. “Glad to see she is doing the right thing … Dayna, you need help, please seek it.”
“She exaggerated every story,” former coworker Julie Howat told The Post. “I knew [the receipt] was fake. When the articles came out, everyone at my job laughed.”