The New Jersey waitress accused of lying about receiving an anti-gay note instead of a tip has a long history of lying and is always in need of "sympathy and empathy," according to people who know her.
In addition to likely lying about getting anti-gay insults on a recent receipt, Dayna Morales, 22, is also accused of lying about her military service and falsely telling friends that she had brain cancer and that her home was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
"Every story she comes up with has a lie," coworker Julie Howat told the Journal News.
"Any tragedy that happened, she had to be a part of it. She needed sympathy and empathy," she added.
A former classmate of Morales' told the newspaper that you "can't believe much of what she says."
In what would certainly be the most egregious lie, Morales allegedly told friends that she somehow managed to survive an explosion that killed her entire platoon in Afghanistan.
A U.S. Marines spokesman confirmed that the waitress served in the Marine Corps Reserve until May 2013, but there was "no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan."
Morales failed to "fulfill her reserve obligation," the spokesman said.
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The explosion left her with back injuries that required surgery and a couple of months to recover, Larkin said Morales told her employer. But during her time off, Morales posted photos of herself on Facebook enjoying a trip to Florida with a girlfriend, they said.
Samantha Reidy of Pomona, who dated Morales for a month a couple of years ago, said Morales appeared to have undergone the back surgery, and sent pictures of herself in pain. But Reidy said Morales told her that she had a quick recovery that allowed her to take the trip. Morales, who stopped all contact with Reidy shortly after taking the trip to visit another girlfriend, got engaged to the other woman when she returned.
Reidy said poems penned by Morales during their courtship that she kept appeared to have matched the writing on the restaurant receipt, bringing into question whether Morales wrote the note on the receipt herself.
Morales has not been fired from the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., however, she is not currently on the schedule to work.