Remember Dayna Morales? She’s the New Jersey waitress whose story of receiving an anti-gay message on a receipt from a couple she had served went viral this month. As it turns out, Morales might not have been telling the whole truth. In fact, she may just be a serial liar.
Morales had posted the receipt on Facebook about two weeks ago. There was no tip, and this message written on the receipt: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”
Outrage was immediate, of course. And so was sympathy. People from around the world sent her thousands of dollars in donations; the former Marine said she would give a portion to the Wounded Warriors Project, a group that helps veterans.
But the couple whom Morales served has since come forward to challenge her story. The husband and wife, who asked to be anonymous, provided NBC 4 New York with a copy of the receipt from that night that shows they did tip – generously, in fact – and certainly didn’t write any offending message.
“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said.
Added the husband: “Never would a message like that come from us.”
The couple said they have come forward because they wanted people who may want to donate money to Morales to know the truth.
And the truth isn’t something that Morales apparently cares about. Friends and colleagues tell the Journal News that Morales is a rampant liar.
Among many of her alleged fibs: that she shaved her head because she had brain cancer and that her home was damaged by superstorm Sandy.
“Every story she comes up with has a lie,” a woman who knows Morales told the newspaper.
So far, Morales hasn’t provided a very convincing explanation of her latest story in light of the receipt the couple has made public.
When asked about the matter by WNBC, Morales could only mutter, “That’s not my handwriting. I don’t know. Again, I don’t know.”
Morales is still working for the restaurant, which is not commenting on the matter “pending an internal investigation,” according to a spokesperson.