New Jersey restaurant parts ways with gay waitress

December 9, 2013 4:15:46 AM PST
A New Jersey restaurant says it has parted ways with a waitress who claimed she was stiffed for a tip because she's gay.

Last month, Dayna Morales said a family skipped the tip and left a note reading 'I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life."

Her story was later called into question when the family told news organizations they had in fact left a tip, coming forward with copies of their receipt and credit card statement to prove that they had in fact left Morales an $18 tip on top of the $93.55 check. Former friends of Morales also came forward claiming she was a compulsive liar.

Now the restaurant in Bridgewater, Gallop Asian Bistro, says it has made a joint decision with Morales that she will no longer be employed there.

The restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page that read in part, "In light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future."

Following the alleged incident, Morales, a Marine veteran, said "I was rather offended, mad. I didn't know how to react to that. I never thought that would ever happen."

Morales said she kept the note that was written on the receipt and shared it with friends on Facebook and a few blogs, leading to an outpouring of support, with letters and donations from around the world.

After the couple came forward to show their receipt to prove they paid a tip, at least three duped donors had their money refunded via PayPal, according to the founder of the web site that had first publicized the story and posts on the site.