Dayna Morales, a lesbian waitress accused of falsely claiming a family left her an offensive note instead of a tip, has been fired.
Morales’ former employer, Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, made the announcement Saturday on its Facebook page.
“Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future,” the restaurant wrote.
Morales, a former Marine, had claimed that instead of a tip, a couple left a note saying, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle” on their $93.55 bill.
The 22-year-old waitress posted a picture of the “anti-gay” receipt on the Internet last month and it went viral.
She reportedly received thousands of dollars in donations from well-wishers who believed she had been the victim of a hate crime.
But the unidentified diners came forward with a copy of their receipt showing an $18 tip. At that point, Morales’ story began to fall apart prompting allegations that the whole thing was a hoax.
The restaurant then launched an investigation. While the eatery said “the results of that investigation are inconclusive,” it decided to fire Morales after several media outlets, including the New York Post, said Morales had started to return the donations.