Waves of support and money came rolling in after former U.S. Marine Dayna Morales claimed a family had refused to tip her because she was a lesbian and left her an insulting note after serving them at Gallup Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey earlier this month. Now, the family is calling foul — arguing that not only did they tip Morales, but they never left a note criticizing her “lifestyle.”
The husband and wife whom Morales served contacted NBC 4 New York shortly after Morales’s story went viral. They had in their possession the customer copy of their receipt, bearing the same date and time stamp, as well as an $18 tip on their $93.55 bill. The couple, who asked to remain anonymous, also provided their bank statement, including a charge of $111.55 to Gallup Asian Bistro, as further proof.
“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said. Her husband claims both he and his wife have worked in restaurants and believe that tipping isn’t just a city in China.
He added that he didn’t vote for Gov. Chris Christie due to Christie’s opposition to gay marriage. “Never would a message like that come from us,” he said.
When confronted by NBC, Morales denied forging the note and insisted she did not receive a tip. The whole thing may turn out to be one big, unfortunate misunderstanding, but the restaurant is launching an “internal investigation.”
Morales still plans to donate the money she has received in sympathy to the Wounded Warrior Project, a not-for-profit providing programs and services to members of the armed forces severely injured in the line of duty.
The couple told NBC “it’s fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors,” but they came forward to let others know that they were doing so “under a false pretense.”