A New Jersey couple is denying widely publicized claims that they left waitress Dayna Morales an anti-gay note in lieu of a tip, suggesting the entire story is a scam.
Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, made national headlines earlier this month when she posted a $93 receipt with the words: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle” scribbled on it on Facebook.
Morales also claimed that the customer’s homophobia was evident from the moment she first approached the table, claiming that they said: “Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!”
Morales sent the receipt to “Have a Gay Day” Facebook, writing:
I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free. Sorry lady but I don’t agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you’re raising your kids but you didn’t see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.
The post quickly went viral.
At the time, the manager at Gallop Asian Bistro told NBC 4 New York that they do not tolerate discrimination in their restaurant and the patrons are no longer welcome.
“We support Dayna 100 percent. She’s a wonderful person and a wonderful server, and we are extremely proud of her and the way she handled this situation.”
But the couple presented their copy of the receipt and claims that they would never say such a thing or not tip.
Read more from NBC4:
“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 husband said he and his wife have both worked in restaurants and believe in the value of tipping, and noted that he didn’t vote for Gov. Chris Christie because the governor doesn’t support gay marriage.
“Never would a message like that come from us,” he said.
Morales told NBC 4 New York on Monday that she was certain she did not receive a tip, and insisted the handwriting on the receipt was not hers. When asked if there had been some sort of misunderstanding, she said, “I don’t know, all I know is what I’ve been saying.”
A manager and the restaurant owner insisted they had the original ticket for the $93.55 charge, but would not produce the receipt for NBC 4 New York and could not explain why the family’s credit card was charged for more.
The restaurant later said in a statement it was aware of the allegations and had no comment pending an internal investigation.
Whatever happened, the couple believes it may have begun with a misunderstanding.
They said they thought the hostess who sat the family told them their server would be “Dan,” and when Morales showed up at their table, the wife exclaimed “whoa, you’re not Dan.”
Watch NBC4 news report here.
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Top 11 AMA Moments: Miley Cyrus' Performance Flub, Rihanna Wears A Doobie, J. Lo's Salsa & More...
1. Top AMA Moments
The 2013 American Music Awards came and went, but not without a few notable moments that stuck out in our heads, like: Rihanna's doobie and Macklemore's shout out to Trayvon Martin. Keep clicking for the best and most memorable moments...
2. Rihanna Wore A Doobie
Oh Rihanna. She walked straight out of the Domincan salon and onto the AMA stage. We're so conflicted about Ri Ri's decision to leave in her bobby pins and rock a doobie wrap to the AMAs. While one side of us loathes the island gal for being so basic the other side of us adores how she brings real life trends to the limelight. Either way she's so freaking gorg! She had that oil sheen on lock!
3. Miley Cyrus' Backtrack Flub
If you were expecting Miley Cyrus to do something crazy like twerk with her tongue out, you're so disappointed. She did perform with a giant cat, however. Miley let her talent speak for itself (if you don't count her ensemble as a gimmick) and actually sing, and that she did. Miley sang her little heart out and when the backtrack began to skip, she recovered but we're sure they'll be lip-syncing rumors to follow.
4. Jennifer Lopez Killed The Salsa
In one of the greatest tributes to Cecila Cruz we've ever seen, Jennifer Lopez literally stomped on the competition with her saucy salsa performance! J. Lo left her "Fly Girl" soul on the stage, but we can't forget her backup dancing boyfriend who impressed us with his epic body roll. Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/IczZZR
5. Rihanna Shares The Stage With Her Mother
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6. Macklemore References Trayvon Martin In Acceptance Speech
The Trayvon Martin case weighed heavy on most people's heart and artist Macklemore was one of them. During his acceptance speech, he referenced Trayvon in an attempt to keep the conversation about racial profiling going, saying: "This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it's time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it."
7. R.Kelly & Lady Gaga's Novella
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8. Ariana Grande's Performance & 10 Second Speech
It's official, we love Ariana Grande. After stealing the show with a nostalgic Mariah Carey-like performance (the girl's got some pipes on her) she charmed us when she accepted the Kohl's New Artist of the Year award and delivered her "Thank You's" in under 10 seconds. Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/IczZZR
9. Ciara Shuts Down Baby Bump Rumors
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