There are conflicting stories. The family has come forward to say that they did NOT stiff the waitress and have a receipt to prove it.
Dayna Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month, showing the bill with a line through the space for a tip. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
Morales indicated in her Facebook post, and in subsequent media interviews — including with NBC 4 New York — that the customer wrote that line.
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.
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.
SOMEBODY lied. Why would they come forward unless they were telling the truth and were angry about the deception – they were anonymous. Since the couple can produce the credit card charge, it seems like someone in the restaurant pulled a fast one.
It’s already up on the Museum of Hoaxes site that notes how remarkably similar it is to this event from September when a waitress said she was stiffed because she was black. But that is also a likely hoax.
Both servers received gifts from strangers who felt sympathy for them. Is this a way to make easy cash or just a sick joke by someone?