Waitress Denied Tip For Being Gay


New Jersey waitress and former Marine, Dayna Morales, was expecting a tip after doing her job and serving a party of four last Wednesday.

Instead, she received a hateful handwritten note from the patrons. It read: “I’m sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.”

Morales, who is a lesbian, posted the receipt to Facebook and sent it to LGBT group Have A Gay Day’s Facebook page, where it’s received nearly 10,000 comments and 4,000 shares. 

“I’m a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, NJ, and THIS is what happened to me today, Morales wrote, alongside the photo, “NEVER in a million years did I think this would happen...I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free.”

Luckily, Americans were quick to take her side. Her post triggered support from across the globe, and over $1000 in donations were made to a PayPal account that she set up at the urging of other Facebook users.

“I’m still rather overwhelmed,” she told TODAY.com on Friday, “I’m beyond thankful for it. I’m speechless.”

Find out where Morales is donating the money on page 2 >>>

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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