“Stiffed” Lesbian Waitress Called “Pathological Liar” By Friends And Coworkers

dayna-moralesDayna Morales, the New Jersey waitress and former U.S. Marine who garnered national headlines after she insisted a family stiffed her last week because she’s lesbian, allegedly has a long history of telling whoppers to get attention and sympathy, including reports that she claimed to be suffering from brain cancer and her home had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Since the family who allegedly stiffed the server at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, NJ have produced a receipt they claim proves they left a gratuity and they aren’t responsible for the offensive note for Morales, media attention has focused on who to believe. Morales’ friends and coworkers eventually ratted out her many past indiscretions to the Journal News.

When Morales worked at a day care center she told her fellow workers that Superstorm Sandy sent a boat through the living room of her home. Yet when they went by her house to see for themselves, they noticed only minor damage to the carpet by her front door and no signs of a boat.

A coworker named Julie Howat said that Morales felt she needed to be a part of every tragedy that happened. “Every story she comes up with has a lie,” Howat revealed. “She needed sympathy and empathy.”

Karolee Larkin, a former classmate who also worked alongside Morales at the day care center agreed. “You can’t believe much of what she says,” Larkin said.

Also called into question is the extent of Morales’ military service.

Morales allegedly told people she had not only served in Afghanistan, but that she was the sole survivor of an explosion that wiped out her entire platoon. Whoa! Someone obviously forgot how easy it would be to expose that kind of fib.

The Journal News contacted a Marines spokesperson who confirmed Morales served four years in the U.S. Marines but there was “no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan.”

As for the matter of the missing gratuity and note that ignited the firestorm, Gallop Asian Bistro manager Byron Lapola said he’s still investigating what happened and that Morales was “currently not on the schedule” to work.

When Morales was confronted by NBC following the initial report of the incident, she claimed she planned to donate the thousands of dollars she 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. Now it appears this charitable act will also require an investigation.

H/t: Gawker

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  • lailaichong

    I believe her,lesbians don’t lie, gay people don’t lie. if gay people lie, the lie will become truth.

  • Ann Mason

    It’s upsetting to read that Danya Morales once worked in a day care center. A person who tells lies to convince people she’s a victim should never be allowed to care for others.

    Today NBC’s New York City affiliate reported that Ms. Morales was dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

    Danya Morales has reportedly collected about three thousand dollars from sympathizers who believed her story about getting no tip from a homophobic family. I hope she’s ready to refund that money. It’s hard to know how the law addresses her behavior (did she actually solicit the donations?), but some of us would call that fraud.

  • Sansacro

    @lailaichong: Ann Coulter! So nice to see you taking a break from reporting news! Welcome back and big kiss! — humbly, George B.

  • BJ McFrisky

    She’s an embarrassment to gays and to the USMC. Makes one wonder about the circumstances of her military discharge.
    I hope she’s held criminally and civilly responsible for this fraud she perpetrated against the good-willed people who sought to support her only to be ultimately conned.

  • AuntieChrist

    Chelsea Handler called Morales a liar yesterday on her show… So sad that this had to come out…Next thing you know they will be telling us there is no Santa Clause and that Grandma did not get run over by a reindeer.

  • DShucking

    So, we’re not that different from straight people after all.

  • vocodr

    Very unfortunate. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so judgmental because it seems this girl is not well and needs help.

  • Cam

    Meh, fuck her. If she’s a liar, then she deserves all the shit that is about to come down on her.

    One thing I WOULD like to point out. When a right winger like Congressman Radel gets busted with coke, Boehner and the GOP said it isn’t their business and they weren’t going to kick him out or censure him.

    When Democratic Congressman Jefferson was under investigation Pelosi pulled him off his committee chair and censured the guy.

    When Alec Baldwin is an ass, he gets dumped from his show. Rush, Hanity etc… still on.

    So when those supporters of anti-gay bigots like BJ or Fagburn come on here to try to defend them, the one thing they will never admit is that when a liberal does something at least they reap the consequences.

  • Fawkes

    Wow, this is truly awful. She is clearly very mentally unstable, and I feel like a moron for believing her in the first place. But notice how die-hard defenders of this woman like the troll known as 2eo are deafeningly silent on this article. It’s almost as if trolls are incapable of reason and humility. Who ever would have guessed?

  • AuntieChrist

    I’m so glad that no one here has ever lied or done something really stupid…But I have to say, when this girl screws up she don’t mess around…I think we should all adopt a balls to the wall attitude.

  • Rockery

    I never believed her and I never even paid much attention to this story

  • TheNewEnergyDude

    Ugh. Really?

    Thanks for setting out causes and all our hard work back some more you f**king c**t!

  • TheNewEnergyDude

    ** our causes. And she’s still a f**king c**t!

  • jkb

    I read that she was going to donate SOME of the proceeds, not all as this post implies. But, given the fact that she appears to be a liar, 6 of one, a half a dozen of another. No proceeds will be going anywhere but her pocket, it seems.

  • jimbryant

    Let’s face it – gay people enjoy being victims, even imaginary ones. The whole gay rights movement is intellectually dishonest and built on victimhood.

    Lying is a part of being gay ever since the word ‘gay’ was taken and distorted by the gays rights movement back in the 60’s.

  • DShucking

    @TheNewEnergyDude: We’ve accomplished to much for this to set us back in the slightest, no matter how many haters use this to speak against us.

  • Cam

    @jimbryant: said…

    “Let’s face it – gay people enjoy being victims, even imaginary ones. The whole gay rights movement is intellectually dishonest and built on victimhood.


    No actually it is the right wing bigots and Tea Party members who have been screaming about their victimhood for the last decade. But please, feel free to keep on lying if that makes you feel better.

    When the bigots cry that not being allowed to attack us means that THEY are victims it plainly shows the idiocy of your comment.

    Now please go ahead and talk about what a victim you are because I pointed out how your post was ridiculous.

  • jimbryant

    Women also tend to use their sexuality as a marketing ploy. From pretending to be interested in sex to faking their bisexuality, they see sexuality as a means of obtaining benefits from straight guys.

    Now, it seems, women will use their sexuality to obtain donations from the public.

  • DShucking

    @jimbryant: I like how straight men bash gay men for s*cking d*ck as gross or unnatural as if they’ve ever been receiving a blowjob from a woman, stopped her and asked, “You don’t really like that, do you?” You can’t pretend to respect women if you’re homophobic. Therefore, your insecurities will never allow you to be with a real woman.

  • jimbryant

    We can’t afford to keep having women in the gay rights movement. They will destroy it with their lies. Their sexuality is based on prostitution.

  • DShucking

    @jimbryant: Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your loved one’s.

  • AuntieChrist

    @jimbryant: Anita Bryants bastard son rears it’s ugly head yet again…Thanks Jim your observations are as fresh as summers eve vaginal douche…

  • middleagespread

    If she is lying about this, and if she has lied about so many other things, I hope she gets the help she needs. Seems as if her little Facebook fib has snowballed out of control. Mentally illness is difficult on the families much more so than the ill person.

  • Caleb in SC

    @jimbryant: Why are you even posting on this site? Troll!

  • nevereclipsed81

    pissed me off because when the story came out i was in the comment sections telling off all the haters that were saying this was fake.. now they were right.

  • Geoff B

    [email protected]AuntieChrist: I just spit my beer right in my dog’s face after reading that! Please be more careful with your (hilarious) posts in the future. I’d hate to have to report you to PETA, lol!

  • Geoff B

    @Billysees: You and the posters you cited are right. Yeah, she did wrong, and must apologize and atone for what she did, but at 22 she is still young and as terrible of a thing she did, she didn’t irretrivably harm anyone ,I’d much rather see her apologize to those she’s wronged(the customers, her employers,those who sent her money, and the gay and military communities)get help and get on with her life. With the right help, she could turn this into something positive. I’d rather see in a few years her doing something positive for Marines or for the GLBT (or both) than her go down the drain. Torch extinguished and pitchfork put back in the shed for another day.

  • ScaryRussianHeather


    Non sequitur much? What do politicians have to do with this woman?

    Oh right. Because Jefferson’s crime is EXACTLY like the coke head. Big whoop, a censure.

    One media quote:

    “Former Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to serve 13 years in prison for what the lead prosecutor described as “the most extensive and pervasive pattern of corruption in the history of Congress.”

    The FL Gov and GOP has been calling for Radel to resign. Furthermore, Boehner has a record of acting on ethics cases:

    “When former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) was sending shirtless, sexually suggestive photos to a woman he met on the Internet, he swiftly resigned. Boehner said afterwards that he believed “members should be held to the highest ethical standard.”

    When former Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) was caught in an affair with an aide and left Congress, Boehner told lawmakers: “If you put your own interests above those of your constituents, you’re hurting them, and you’re hurting the team. And it won’t be tolerated.”

    When Boehner was minority leader, Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) gave up his seat on Appropriations when he was under an ethical cloud, and former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) forfeited his Intelligence Committee under similar circumstances.”

    Limbaugh and Hannity have never shouted in reporters faces and acted like Baldwin – who did so a couple times in ONE WEEK, including repeated gay slurs. Just for starters.

  • jimbryant

    A lot of you gay guys feel guilty about not wanting to [email protected]k women. Women have made you feel guilty about it. So you make up for it by acting like members of the lesbian sisterhood. You attack anyone who points out the danger that women represent to the gay rights cause.

  • AuntieChrist

    Sorry. I’ve made too many posts here today… Maybe if we just ignore this jimbryant character it will go away… I mean REALLY ignore it, NEVER respond to it NEVER.

  • Tackle

    I’m not so quick to give her the sympathy mental pass, by claiming she’s mentally unstable, sick , needs help and so on. Many who supported her feel embarrassed, and taken in. And now they want to cover their ass and give her a mental psss. She just needs to grow the [email protected] up! Work on her self esteem, gain confidence and self love. She needs to come to the realization that as a person she matters and is important. There is no need to be the loudest chick in the room, front and center on every occasion or barge through the front door.

  • BrandoPolo

    @jimbryant: Check your local villages folks: one is missing its idiot.

  • Deepdow


    I agree with you. Despite her folly, she only enacted what could possibly be : Our denial from others so summarily.

    She has a problem, but who doesn’t?

    If we are really going to move forward we have to say to her, Stop, but we love you and we are always going to be your friend.

    She has her own mental issues, but through her lie, she only exposed, what IS and what HAPPENS….People hate us and they let us know

    But if we’re going to be the Real People. Then we have to just shrug our shoulders. And give her and everyone else a big hug and say Love.

    Scorn isn’t the answer. Ever, ever.

  • Deepdow

    I love you Cam !

    Fight the good fight !

  • BJ McFrisky

    Maybe the “lifestyle” the customers were objecting to was the lifestyle of waitresses.

  • Deepdow


    go fuck yourself :D xoxoxo

  • Dixie Rect

    This was all a scheme. She saw this on the Ellen Degeneres show. Ellen gave 10K and a new car to some waitress who picked up the check for a few military guys that had no cash. Dayna tried to work the system but got busted. She’s not a mentally ill poor soul, she tricked most of you into believing her BS. She used all of you.

    This girl is an opportunist, crook and schemer, and played with the sympathies of the G/L community. She knew exactly what she was doing to get people to give her some cold hard cash. But, she got busted, and is now trying to back peddle.

    I said before this was all BS – I could tell by looking at her. I love all the conspiracy theories and ‘what if?’ thinking. Face it, she just plain lied for the cash. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • jwrappaport

    First, stop feeding the trolls. Second, why is this such a lightning rod? All this proves is that we can be liars and sociopaths just like straight people.

  • BrandoPolo

    @Deepdow: Scorn actually has a very good and effective evolutionary function, to stymie unacceptable behaviors. Scorn when not misplaced can let people know that their behavior is not tolerable in civil society, and she needs to know that.

  • RRT

    Umm, borderline personality disorder? It could explain a lot.

  • slightlytwysted

    Seriously? Attacking her gender, by calling her a term for a part she has.
    The only thing that is setting back the work is how f*cking horrible gay people are to other gay people.

    Shit happens. If she lied, she lied.. Get the fuck over it, move on.
    She’s donating money to Wounded Warriors.. How much have you donated to them?

    I love how people scream that it can’t have happened, it must be a scam.. Only the flimsiest of proof offered, and people Jump on the BURN HER bandwagon.

    I also love how it’s always a quick jump into Crazy B*tch land.. *She must be mental, she must need help.. how horrible.. *

    Does anyone realize that stuff like that just shows people who genuinely need help that if they ask for it, they’ll be attacked by everyone around them?

    I’ve never seen, or heard of anyone ever yelling at a Diabetic who’s passed out from Insulin shock to Get the F*ck over it.. Or a person in chemo being told to just stop being such a baby and grow some damn hair.

    There is no proof that this woman has mental illness, other than the opinions of desktop doctors, so as a person who has a mental illness, I’m going to ask politely to stop with that judgement, Mind you I expect to be flamed for being a Cray cray Biatch.. but I’ve heard that all before.

    Scorn has a place, guilt has a place.. IN Childhood..

    What I’m seeing here, isn’t meant to aid this person in growth, I’m seeing SHAME, which has no place.
    Shame is worthless. Shame doesn’t encourage growth, Shame doesn’t teach, Shame kills, and that is what I see people wanting this woman to do.

    Just be honest then.

    This woman’s actions made you feel uncomfortable, you’ve got your lovely rocks of internet comments all out and ready, and you want her to die.

    Own that hate, because it’s yours, not hers, and not mine.

  • DShucking

    @slightlytwysted: The internet is not a substitute for a good therapist.

  • Raquel Santiago

    @jimbryant: I was drinking my coffee when i read this and then have to clean off my computer screen. Sorry i like who i am, you cannot apply a judgement to most of the LGBTQQIA community,gender fluidity and sexual fluidity are way different, never in my life even as a kid did i want to be with a woman PERIOD ! and NEVER in my life have I ever felt guilty about it. I stand proud as a member of the LGBTQQIA community as many many many other people do without being pressured into contributint to the Norms of societal standards, i really recommend you get educated.

  • AuntieChrist

    @Raquel Santiago: If you keep responding to it won’t go away. He she or it just keeps posting with no regard to any ones reply. jimbryant just wants attention same as everyone else. But you are just peeing in the wind.

  • Manchester

    I knew this was bullshit the moment I heard it.

  • BJ McFrisky

    Your statement “@BJ go fuck yourself :D xoxoxo” is entirely indicative of the lack of maturity and rationale you exhibit. Keep up the good work. You’re an example for all.

  • Merv

    Always be skeptical. About everything.

  • TheNewEnergyDude

    @slightlytwysted: Whoa, let’s back up here a minute, dude. First off, I never accused her of mental illness, so don’t even try that. Second, I’ll call guys c**ts. If you’re an extremely unpleasant, offensive and obnoxious person (that definition is in the dictionary, look it up), man or woman, and the name fits, I use it. So the attacking her for her gender is your foul, too, so don’t try that, either.

    Finally, let’s see…she blows off her commitment to her military career, lies to her co-workers in a previous position about having cancer, then pulls this stunt doing absolutely no favors to the gay community, and you actually think she’s going to donate money to Wounded Warriors??? Get your head out of your a**.

    But yeah, all this stuff she’s pulled? Yeah, she’s a f**king c**t.

  • Deepdow


    Is me saying go fuck yourself you pretentious fuck any better ?


  • AuntieChrist

    I guess some bitches on Queerty will be having crow with their turkey and pie. roflmao…..You know who you are….I guess you haven’t really arrived on this site until you are called. A f**king c*nt idiot and d-bag. Thanks kids…..Keep up the good works..

  • Deepdow

    Oh Auntie can you just die already and leave me the house?

    :D XOXO

    I LOVE YOU !

  • SolsticeOfMarin

    Just another con and a liar who got caught. She does not deserve any sympathy or will her small actions have any measurable effect on the LGBT community. She got her 15-minutes of fame and didn’t use it wisely. However, she did fool a lot of people who always fall for the “they did it to me because I’m gay” routine. Next, she will blame her getting fired from her job because she is gay. Sorry girl, but we are on to you. BYE!

  • SolsticeOfMarin

    @slightlytwysted: You sound like an unemployed therapist with a co-dependency problem. She is a con, liar and a thief who used her sexual orientation as part of the rouse. Perhaps you could take her in and pay for her therapy and then let us know how you feel after she burns you!

  • AuntieChrist

    @Deepdow: You probably wouldn’t want it…A crappy duplex and I have to deal with renters… They haven’t even been here a month and I’ve had to fix three things already.

  • BJ McFrisky

    It appears that Dayna Morales herself is defending herself on this site by posting under the names Deepdow, Slightlytwysted, and AuntieChrist.

    Further evidence of her mental instability and lack of morals.

  • 2eo

    @BJ McFrisky: You mean like you and “Fawkes” the “liberal” who just happens to share every single opinion of you.

    Oh wait, no that’s a confirmed one.

  • AuntieChrist

    @BJ McFrisky: Apparently your reading skills are remedial at best. I did not defend her. In fact in the comments section of the previous article I was called some rather colorful names when I suggested that perhaps she was lying. Unlike you I try to avoid blanket statements and knee jerk reactions. Though I am not always successful, I am more than willing to admit it when I am or was wrong.

  • Cam


    It appears you do not know what a Non sequitur is. My comment was fairly short and straight to the point. You responded to it with a multi-paragraph ramble that circled any possible point like a floater in a toilet.

  • JimboinLA

    Interesting that so many people express sympathy for her ‘mental illness’. If she had a mental illness she couldn’t function so well in society or the military. Greed and selfishness is not a mental illness, it is a character flaw. I have no sympathy for this asshole whatsoever. She’s not mentally ill, she’s an asshole.

  • DShucking

    @JimboinLA: Maybe you don’t like the word illness because it sounds like she’s being let off the hook. Plenty of people have mental illness and can function in society because there are so many degrees. Maybe mentally disturbed is better. Either way, she’s mental.

  • DerekR

    @JimboinLA: she is a complete and total asshole and I hope she gets what she has coming. Mental my ass.

  • Billysees

    @Geoff B:

    Another good series of comments, especially the last one.
    I’d eliminate what I bracketed.

    ” I’d much rather see her apologize to those she’s wronged(the customers, her employers,those who sent her money, and the gay and military communities)get help and get on with her life. ”

    ” With the right help, she could turn this into something positive. ”

    ” I’d rather see [in a few years] her doing something positive for Marines or for the GLBT (or both) than her go down the drain. ”

    ” Torch extinguished and pitchfork put back in the shed for another day. “

  • LeNair Xavier

    Excuse me, Queerty!

    But you yourself pointed to how you like every other gay media source, not just jumped, but POUNCED on this story like a wild animal. Don’t try to do damage control now by making her lying look bad because you are such failures as journalists that you failed to investigate before running with the story. For yes, Dayna Morales is a compulsive liar. But you and all the other members of your media consolidation brethren are lousy at journalism, which is just as bad.

    And as much as I don’t want to sound like a broken record, it’s a White or light-complexioned person whose claim of being wronged you are AGAIN quick to jump on. For you and/or your brethren did the same thing with that White boy claiming to be gay-bashed. But in actuality, his idiotic self flipped and smashed his moronic face on a curb.

    Checking such tales thoroughly before going to print is the part of Journalism 101 called, “Journalistic Integrity”. And you all are failing miserably – for quite awhile now.

    And before you delete my comment as you have in the past, I strongly advise you to go over EVERY comment here, and the attacks being hurled between commenters and delete them as well. For I am speaking a truth that you need to hear. A truth that is not an attack, but simply THE TRUTH.

  • jimbryant


    You’ve got to remember that gay blogs are selling the word “gay”. Their strategy is to add the word “gay” in front of almost anything as if to bestow on it some form of aura of attraction.

    Often, gay blogs do not wait or check to see if the story is actually true. Remember that this is the internet where the name of the game is to push out news items as quickly as possible.

    I do agree that this makes us vulnerable to being manipulated not just by gay blogs but also by people who lie about being gay-bashed.

  • DShucking

    @LeNair Xavier: Not sure what you’re point is about race but I’m sure you have your reasons. And this is not the New York Times; it’s Queerty. They pull in stories from other outlets to generate ad clicks. Not sure why you’d call this journalism. Get with the times.

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