Dayna Morales Suspended from Bridgewater Restaurant
Server Dayna Morales has been suspended by her Bridgewater restaurant employers pending completion of their investigation of allegations that she falsified a story about a customer leaving her an anti-gay message in lieu of a tip.
"Ms. Morales is currently not on our employee schedule while we are still working to complete our investigation," the Gallop Asian Bistro restaurant posted on its Facebook page.
The 23-year-old former U.S. Marine came under attack after the family she accused of leaving the message produced a copy of the receipt and a credit card statement showing they were charged $111.55, which included an $18.00 tip on their $93.55 tab. The couple denied leaving any message on the receipt.
Following a televised interview with the family last week, restaurant management confirmed they were opening an investigation into the matter. Former co-workers were also quoted as being critical of her past actions. “Every story she comes up with has a lie,” Julie Howat, 23, told USA Today. NBC 4 New York, which interviewed the family, reported that Morales was dismissed from the Marine Reserve Corp in May because she stopped attending drills while stationed in Newburgh, New York.
Morales has not made any further public comment on the family's allegations.