UPDATE: 12/2/13, 9:38 PM ET:
Server Dayna Morales has been suspended from her job pending an investigation into accusations that she faked an anti-gay note on a customer receipt, reports The Daily Caller.
Server Dayna Morales has been suspended by her Bridgewater restaurant employers pending completion of their investigation of allegations that she falsified a story about a customer leaving her an anti-gay message in lieu of a tip.
“Ms. Morales is currently not on our employee schedule while we are still working to complete our investigation,” the Gallop Asian Bistro restaurant posted on its Facebook page.
UPDATE: November 26, 11:45 a.m.:
The New Jersey couple accused of leaving an insensitive note on a receipt giving to them by their gay waitress say they did no such thing and believes the server’s claim is nothing more than a hoax, NBC New York reports.
The couple, who wanted to remain anonymous, says that they left Dayna Morales an $18 tip and even showed the news station what they claim is a copy of the $93.55 bill and the credit card statement, which shows $18 being deducted.
Here is more from NBC New York:
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 told NBC 4 New York on Monday that she was certain she did not receive a tip, and insisted the handwriting on the receipt was not hers. When asked if there had been some sort of misunderstanding, she said, “I don’t know, all I know is what I’ve been saying.”
A manager and the restaurant owner insisted they had the original ticket for the $93.55 charge, but would not produce the receipt for NBC 4 New York and could not explain why the family’s credit card was charged for more.
The restaurant later said in a statement it was aware of the allegations and had no comment pending an internal investigation.
The couple believes the whole incident is a big misunderstanding.
Dayna Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, didn’t receive a tip on a $93 order because the patrons didn’t agree with her gay “lifestyle,” reports NBC Southern California.
The customer’s homophobia was evident from the moment Morales first approached the table, saying “Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!”
And in place of a tip, the mother of two crossed through the line and wrote, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
Morales sent the receipt to “Have a Gay Day” Facebook, writing:
I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free. Sorry lady but I don’t agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you’re raising your kids but you didn’t see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.
So far, the post has been shared over 3,000 times and liked close to 8,000 times.
The manager at Gallop Asian Bistro told NBC 4 New York that they do not tolerate discrimination in their restaurant and the patrons are no longer welcome.
“We support Dayna 100 percent. She’s a wonderful person and a wonderful server, and we are extremely proud of her and the way she handled this situation.”