Family denies they stiffed gay server on tip, left critical note

Wed. November 27, 2013 8:38 AM by

A New Jersey family has denied allegations they stiffed a lesbian server on a tip because of her "lifestyle."

Donations poured in for Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, after she claimed that she received a critical note instead of the customary 20 percent tip on a nearly $100 meal from a family of four.

"Sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life," a handwritten note on the receipt reads.

Morales, who served in the Marine Corps for two years, wrote about her experience in an email to the blog Have A Gay Day. The response was overwhelming.

But NBC 4 New York on Tuesday reported that the family has stepped forward to deny the allegations, saying that they did leave a tip and never wrote the note.

The couple, who asked to remain anonymous, showed the news outlet their receipt for the same $93.55 total, except with an $18 tip. The receipt appears to have been printed at the same date and time as the receipt Morales passed around. A Visa bill also shows the couple were charged $111.55 for their meal.

"We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that," the wife said.

"Never would a message like that come from us," said the husband, who noted that he voted against Governor Chris Christie because of the governor's opposition to gay marriage.

When asked about the claims, Morales insisted that she had not made up the story: "I don't know, all I know is what I've been saying."

The couple believes a misunderstanding was behind the incident, saying that they were surprised when Morales appeared at their table after they thought the hostess who sat the family told them that they would be waited on by "Dan."

Morales has said that she received more than $3,000 and that she planned on donating some of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I just felt like people have a right to know that – 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 told the outlet.

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