A story went viral two weeks ago when a waitress reportedly was refused a tip and instead received a hateful message stating:
“I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life.”
Dayna Morales, a former Marine and current server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey claims she waited on a couple that insisted on calling her “Dan”. The couple she waited on also allegedly did not leave a tip for a $94 dollar bill. But the couple in question has produced their copy of their receipt along with a credit card statement as proof that Dayna was completely making the story up.
The couple contacted NBC 4 New York this week, determined to set the record straight with indisputable evidence that Morales or the restaurant was responsible for the fraud and deception. The copy of their receipt includes a substantial tip which matches the total, as well as the timestamp of the receipt that Morales posted. They also came forward with a corresponding credit card statement.
“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said (she and her husband requested to be anonymous), adding that she could not have made the slash in the tip line because she’s left-handed.
“Never would a message like that come from us,” her husband said, before noting that he and his wife support gay rights and refused to vote for New Jersey Governor because of his stance against gay marriage. “It’s a disgusting thing to do,” he added. “The restaurant profits from this, obviously Dayna profits from this. It’s fraud, it’s a scam.”
When contacted by NBC, neither the restaurant manager, nor the owner was able to provide an original copy of the receipt. They also failed to clarify why the family was charged $18 more than Morales claimed.
Morales is sticking to her story, but at this point, her argument does not seem substantial.
“I don’t know, all I know is what I’ve been saying,” she told NBC 4. “That’s not my handwriting. I don’t know,” said Morales.
The accused couple says that calling the waitress “Dan” was a simple misunderstanding. They believed the hostess said their server would be named Dan. When Morales arrived at the table as the server, the wife said: “Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!”
Gallop Asian Bistro told NBC 4 that they’ve launched an internal investigation, though Morales is still employed.