Last month the Daily Kos community was galvanized behind ex-Marine and waitress Dayna Morales, as she claimed a couple refused to tip her based on her being gay. According to Morales, a couple that she served left no tip on a $93 bill, instead writing a note stating that they didn't "agree with her lifestyle".
Such stories are sadly common, so the story generated considerable and fair outrage within this community. A post by Jen Hayden made it all the way to the front page, and was further "liked" on Facebook over 6,500 times. Morales, an ex-Marine, had set up a PayPal account and as Jen's article detailed, had promised to donate a portion of those proceeds to the Wounded Warrior project, a worthy recipient.
However, as time passed, we learned that Morales' story started to unravel. One week after Jen's post, a post by member Heavy Mettle reported that the family in question indeed did tip Morales, and produced their own copy of the receipt in addition to a credit card statement that showed a tip of $18 (a solid amount for a $93 dining bill).
According to the family:
The husband and wife, who asked to remain anonymous, showed NBC 4 New York a receipt that appeared to be printed at the same minute, on the same date, for the same $93.55 total, except with an $18 tip.
They also provided a document they said was a Visa bill, which appears to indicate their card was charged for the meal plus the tip, for a total 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.
Another short diary posted
by member ffour included links to stories that claimed the ex-Marine has a reputation for being a "habitual liar".
It seems that those reports are indeed correct, as a story posted by ABC News states that Ms. Morales has been fired from the restaurant after conducting its own investigation.