A former lance corporal-turned-waitress is out of a job and returning donations she received from strangers following questions about her claim that she received an anti-gay message from a customer in place of a tip in November.
Dayna Morales, a former administrative specialist with Marine Air Group 49, no longer works at the Asian restaurant where she claimed to have received a negative message from a customer about her sexual orientation, according to ABC News. The restaurant owners posted an update to their Facebook page calling the situation unfortunate. The results of their own investigation were inconclusive, they wrote, and that the decision to part ways was a mutual one.
Morales’ story went viral after she posted a copy of a restaurant receipt to Facebook on Nov. 13. The receipt showed that the customer left no tip, and included the following note: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.”
Weeks later, though, a couple stepped forward claiming the photo of the receipt she posted that day was doctored. They claimed to have left her a 20 percent tip and said they didn’t write any anti-gay messages on the receipt.
Morales had reportedly already received $3,000 in donations from people all over the country following her viral post on Facebook. They were meant to replace the tip she didn’t receive. Morales said she was planning to donate it to the Wounded Warrior Project, but LGBTQ Nation reported on Friday that the organization had no record of any contributions from the waitress.
Some of those donations have been returned via PayPal, ABC reported, while others who gave money in person or by mail are still awaiting refunds.