The story of the former marine turned waitress at Bridgewater’s Gallop Asian Bistro who claims not to have received a tip from a family of 4 due to her gay lifestyle took a strange turn last night.

News4 New York did an exclusive interview with 2 members of the family who claimed the bill upon which they wrote the offending note had been doctored.

As proof, they produced on camera the customer copy of the bill, showing that they added 18 dollars to the amount of the check; and along with that, their monthly Visa statement showing a debit from the restaurant in the amount they claimed to have paid.

So who’s full of it?

Could the family, feeling the heat, have somehow doctored their copy of the bill (which doesn’t explain how their Visa card was charged for the amount of the meal plus the tip?)


Could it be the waitress, who when introduced to the family, was mistakenly called “Dan” and was so angered that she possibly could have doctored the merchant copy of the bill?


Or is there another possibility we haven’t look at yet?

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.

But a family contacted NBC 4 New York claiming their receipt from the restaurant shows they did leave a tip, and provided what they said was a credit card statement as proof.

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.

The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.

The husband said he and his wife have both worked in restaurants and believe in the value of tipping, and noted that he didn't vote for Gov. Chris Christie because the governor doesn't support gay marriage.

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.


The restaurant later said in a statement it was aware of the allegations and had no comment pending an internal investigation.

Whatever happened, the couple believes it may have begun with a misunderstanding.

They said they thought the hostess who sat the family told them their server would be "Dan," and when Morales showed up at their table, the wife exclaimed "whoa, you're not Dan."
Morales wrote in her Facebook post that the wife said, "oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!"

According to the couple, the rest of the meal with their two children went fine.

They said they came forward because the story of the receipt note didn't appear to be going away; Morales had recently announced that people were sending her tips from all over the world, and was donating some of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I just felt like people have a right to know that -- it's fine of people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they're doing it under a false pretense," the wife said.

Which leads me to another question: was this all done to solicit funds for a very worthy cause? And why, when the funds were being solicited, send the money to the restaurant which was the way the funds were being collected?

Donations to Morales for the Wounded Warrior Project may be made in person or by mail to Gallop Asian Bistro, 793 Route 202, Branchburg, N.J. 08876.

Scam-a-lam-a-ding-dong! It's all too f'ed up for words!

So, obviously, one has to ask, do we know if the funds actually were meant to go to the Wounded Warrior Project as promised?

Again, you be the sleuth!

Who’s full of it?