New Jersey waitress let go? Dayna Morales, the ex-server at the center of an anti-gay receipt controversy, was terminated by a Bridgewater restaurant recently. The former New Jersey server and former member of the U.S. Marines Corps, made national headlines in November when she alleged a couple scribbled a note on a restaurant bill explaining they are not tipping due to her "lifestyle." Allegedly, Morales is gay. After an internal investigation, the waitress was let go.
On Dec. 9, Philly.com wrote that the New Jersey waitress, let go after alleging sexual orientation discrimination by a couple she served on Nov. 13, agreed in part with her former employer to sever ties.
It’s unclear if she was fired or simply allowed to resign. Sources only say there was a “mutual” understanding.
Morales posted an image of a receipt on gay rights group, Have a Gay Day's Facebook page. Scribbled on the document next the area reserved for a tip was a note to the server which read: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle."
The New Jersey waitress took the image to her boss, but apparently saved a copy on her smart phone. Apparently, her boss was inflamed over the anti-gay slur.
After the inflammatory image was posted on the Internet, scores of readers left comments expressing outrage. Soon thereafter, media outlets ran the story, which appeared all over the World Wide Web. Then, donations begin to pour in from all over the world.
However, in a strange twist, reporters caught up with the couple who allegedly was served by Morales. They described a starkly different story.
The wife said the night went well and there was never any incident during their visit. What's more, they did not cast a vote for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his stance against same sex marriage. Therefore, the note on the receipt doesn't fit their beliefs.
We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that. I think there's enough hate and intolerance in the world that to create it when it wasn't there is shameful and dishonorable.
Never would a message like that come from us," the wife said.
The unnamed couple said they are both former servers and understand the importance of leaving gratuity.
Now, here's where things get sticky: The couple produced a copy of a receipt that they contend is proof of them actually tipping the server $18.00 ( pictured here). They also produced evidence from their banking statement which shows $111.55 opposed to the $93.55 Morales said was left after their departure.
On why the New Jersey waitress was let go, her former employer left this message on its Facebook page:
Despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter and we have conducted our own internal investigation. The results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened between Ms. Morales and the customers that night. However, in light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future."
This story is developing.