A gay waitress in New Jersey who said a family refused to tip her and left her an anti-gay note may have made up the entire story.
The family contacted New York's WNBC-TV after the waitress’ story went viral and said they have documentation proving it’s a hoax.
The waitress, Dayna Morales, who is also a former Marine, posted a photo earlier this month of the supposedly authentic receipt to Facebook. The photo shows no tip and that someone had written, “I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle."
The family said they came forward because the story wasn’t going away, and because people from all around the world started sending Morales donations (some of which have been donated 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 said.
The family provided WNBC with a customer copy of the receipt showing that they left a tip and also provided credit card documentation showing that they were charged for the bill plus a tip.
The documents the family provided show that they were charged $111.55 for the meal, as opposed to the $93.55 seen on Morales' Facebook post, meaning they left her an $18 tip.
The couple says they are the victims of a hoax.
For starters, they said, the wife is left-handed and the slash through the tip looks like a right-handed person made it.
"We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that," the wife said.
The couple also said they are fiercely pro-gay and didn’t vote for New Jersey's popular Republican Gov. Chris Christie because of his stance on gay marriage.
"Never would a message like that come from us," the couple said.
Asked about the the new allegations, Morales stuck to her story, saying, “I don't know, all I know is what I've been saying."
The manager at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., sided with Morales but refused to produce a copy of the merchant receipt for WNBC. The manager also failed to explain the couples’ billed credit card statement.
The restaurant would not comment on the recent allegations against Morales, who said repeatedly in media interviews that the couple definitely left her the note, and said it is conducting an internal review.
A representative for the restaurant did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.
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