The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was dishonorably discharged from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, had posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month showing the bill with a line through the tip area. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”

A New Jersey couple came forward to NBC 4 New York and said this week that the receipt was theirs but that they had left a tip and did not write a note, suggesting it was used for a hoax. The handwriting, they said, was not theirs, and they also supplied what they said was a credit card statement showing they were charged for the total plus the $18 tip.

NBC 4 New York learned Wednesday from a Pentagon source that Morales was dismissed from the Marine Reserve Corps in May because she wasn’t attending drills. It wasn’t immediately clear how often those drills were held, and Morales did not respond to a request for comment.

She was stationed in Newburgh, N.Y., and began serving in July 2009, military sources said.

A woman who served with Morales told NBC 4 New York that the commitment is a serious one.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to think she was a part of my Marine Corps family, because she’s not,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous because she is still on active duty.

Others who say they knew her tell NBC 4 New York there were things about her background that didn’t seem to add up.

A woman who says she and Morales worked together at a Cheesecake Factory in Nyack, N.Y., last year said Morales told coworkers she had brain cancer.

“She came in with her hair shaved because she wanted to shave it herself before she lost it,” said Jacqie Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick said Morales also leaned on the cancer story to accept offers of help from friends at work.

Then, she abruptly quit, according to Fitzpatrick, and her coworkers didn’t see her again until she appeared in news reports about the receipt.

The Cheesecake Factory declined to comment.

Gallop Asian Bistro said Wednesday that it was still investigating and that Morales is not on the work schedule for now.


  1. Good mawnin Metty, fam fam :peluk :peluk :peluk …like the old saying goes…” What’s in the dark shall always come to light”, and disya light not too bright fe dis dunce head butch ya :hoax2

  2. Met u kno the best thing about this story…its the gay them that run in n pour out a heap a money to support her. mi happy she took their money n run with it….

  3. ole time ppl always seh “wen you a dig grave, mek sure u dig two”…..see it deh!…this idiot well think seh she smarter than everybody…..she did swear seh wen she tek the fave story public it did ago mek more customer sorry fi har an tip har heavy and very often but instead it just opened up a can of worms….now she ago lose the job and either go surgically change her name and face cuz ppl will be very apprehensive about hiring her or she might have to migrate to a part of america that is not technologically savvy or media friendly. :bedug

  4. their whole lifestyle is a lie. deep down these sodomites know the being born gay is fake. no surprise from me. just like our very own liar diana king.

  5. oonuh tink America easy, de gays dem an dem supporters!!…when it was reported dat she was belittled and discriminated by dese ppl , dem arch dem backs up like cats and decide fi fight fi dis mad gal, but now dat de ppl dem talk up, an prove up, de gay community shame, when dem dun wid sheee!!..lolololllll…mi nah lie even me did vex sey de ppl dem gi de gay ppl dem ammunition against us, (an to be honest if that was really done to anyone it would not be right) but GOD STIIL DEH BOUT, an vindicate wi, now ah lef she to dem, when dem dun wid har…. she run whey…mad like shad…lolol!

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