Last week, Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, claimed a family she served didn’t tip her because she’s gay.
Morales said instead of a tip, she was left with this comment on the tip line:
“I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
But now the family at the center of the accusations say they never left the note.
In a recent interview with NBC 4 New York, the family (under anonymity) said they did leave a tip of $18 on their bill of $93.55. They even showed NBC 4 NY the receipt, as well as their credit card statement which shows the total bill of $111.55.
The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.
“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, who received over $3,000 in donations, still claims the incident happened as she stated, and plans to donate the money she’s received to Wounded Warriors.