Did the Gay Waitress Who Claims She Received a Hateful Note From a Customer Fabricate the Whole Thing?

The bottom just fell out of a viral story that also made it onto Friendly Atheist a week and a half ago.

Waitress Dayna Morales‘ account of being stiffed on her tip by a customer who wrote on the credit card receipt that she did not agree with Morales’ “lifestyle” has been thrown into doubt. That’s because the still-unidentified woman and her husband contacted a local TV station and produced their own copy of the credit card receipt — with the same time stamp — that showed they left Morales an $18 tip on a $94 bill. More importantly,

They also produced a credit card statement showing they had been billed for the full amount of the bill plus the tip.

As for the homophobic note scrawled on the restaurant’s copy of the credit card receipt, the couple says they didn’t write it, and a flustered Morales claims she didn’t either.

Over at Gawker, commenter dollyrkr makes this observation:

The waitress is the only person who enters the tip at a restaurant. I know, I waitressed for decades. The waitress enters the tip into the computer/keypad and then is paid that tip. So she entered the tip, took the tip, and then doctored a copy.

The part that stumps me though is that the copy should say “reprint” on one of the checks. Whenever there is a reprint is says so. So, she may have printed it once, kept that copy, and then reprinted for the table, which means that it was premeditated.

The restaurant says it’s investigating. For now, Morales still has her job.

If she forged the receipt — perhaps in a reprehensible ploy to garner sympathy for LGBT people, or to collect donations from people who readily offered to help her — she will no doubt suffer the social, professional, and possibly legal consequences.

In any case, we can no longer support the story as it was widely reported on hundreds of reputable websites, and we sincerely regret passing it on.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.

  • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

    And this is why that B in but bothered me so much. The writing didn’t seem the same to me and yes, it was pointed out to me that a signature can vary I wasn’t buying that excuse.

    Edit: I wonder if the down vote came from the same person who gave me one the first time I questioned the writing.

    And I bring you comments from The Blaze.

    I said this was a lie right from the start. ALWAYS assume liberals (especially homosexuals and blacks playing the victim card) are lying.

    This waitress should be charged with a family hate crime…

    The H0m0$exuals don’t have the hatred they claim they have so they are forced to make it up for sympathy. Pathetic deviant.

    These people will do anything for “the cause” – and lying appears to be a preferred tactic. The TRUTH will set you free…

    I doubt Morales would do this if someone were to cut the top of her head off and take a dump on her brain. She would then be twice as smart.

    • http://lady-die.deviantart.com/ LizzyJessie

      Never go into the comments section of The Blaze. That way lies madness.

      Also isn’t that horrid site owned by Glen Beck?

      • Mario Strada

        It’s an insane asylum at the best of times. And yes, it is Beck’s playground. They are despicable people.

      • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

        I venture there to read the madness and sometimes I do comment over there, not often but I do.

        They also ran the first story and a lot of people said it was a hoax and now they are being proven right. We don’t need to give the crazy any more fuel for their fire but we just did.

        • http://lady-die.deviantart.com/ LizzyJessie

          I often wonder how many of the people that comment there are paid to do so. Perhaps it’s just a personal fantasy of mine that a lot of people aren’t REALLY that terrible.

          As for the non-tip being a hoax, it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. For most it’ll be forgotten in a week or so, but I agree: More fuel for their fires of hate.

          • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

            I read the comments enough that I can say they don’t pay people to post. There are just some really hateful and horrible people out there and the amazing thing is they use the bible to back it all up.

            If you are not with them, you are against them. There is no grey area.

            • The Starship Maxima

              “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

              • 3lemenope

                What I’ve always loved about that line (almost certainly not intended by Lucas) is that it expresses an absolute.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  Heh. True. :)

        • Mario Strada

          That’s why actions like this are worse than actual bigoted patrons. They cast doubt to all the real ones (and having worked in a restaurant, I know they happen often) and make even the old ones look bad retroactively.

        • The Starship Maxima

          There is no fuel being added to anyone’s fire. Being right about one story doesn’t mean you’re still not a homophobic, racist, narrow-minded, limp-dicked bigot, as so many of those people are.

          This is not The Blaze. Here, we’re rational people who understand that human beings get things wrong. It’s no big deal.

          Not admitting it is.

          • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Trust me, this added a lot of fuel to their fire.

    • Carla

      That is the most inventive way of phrasing, “shit for brains” that I’ve even seen. If you can read those comments, you have a stronger cardiovascular system than I do.

      • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

        Sometimes I even comment back and fourth with them. I really need to get a life it seems.

        • http://www.skeptimusprime.com/ Dylan Walker (Skeptimus Prime)

          Every time I see comments from the blaze I’m amazed at how vitriolic they are.

          They are more extreme than even most social conservatives out there who usually at least try to be nice when they tell us we are going to hell.

          • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

            I normally visit the site once a day. I will read the story here and then go read about it over there. Here you get the truth and over there you get half the truth or a very twisted version of the truth.

            • Octoberfurst

              The Blaze is the place truth goes to die.

              • Stev84

                There are a lot of those places.

              • The Other Weirdo

                Tr*th.

            • Mario Strada

              There hasn’t been enough Pepto Bismol or Maalox manufactured yet to allow me to visit that cesspool once a day. Once a month is all I can handle and only briefly.

              • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

                It is amusing to read some of the comments though. They even have the story about the atheist A and those comments become a hoot to read.

            • God’s Starship

              If the Blaze fascinates you, you’ll just looooove FreeRepublic.

              • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

                Looks like an old Geocites web site. Damn that is painful.

          • Octoberfurst

            What I find most ironic about those who comment on the Blaze articles is that most claim to be such devout Christians but yet the amount of hate they spew is astounding! They come across as very nasty people. Mean-spirited & bigoted with a total lack of empathy. I don’t know why they don’t see the disconnect.

    • islandbrewer

      I love the dollar sign in “Homo$exual.” Because we all know that gay people are in it for the money.

      • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

        That do that in case there is a word filter.

        • islandbrewer

          Because “homosexual” is some sort of profanity at the Blaze?

          • God’s Starship

            I’ve received AFA emails that censored words like “n*ked” and “g*nitals”.

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              *facepaw*

              S*m* p**pl* *r* r*lly w**rd.

            • islandbrewer

              I’m surprised they don’t just resort some sort of Victorian “attired as Adam and Eve” and “nether regions.”

            • The Other Weirdo

              What about saying “naked truth”?

      • The Starship Maxima

        It would seem in THIS case, that’s true.

    • islandbrewer

      Kevin! You forgot to decontaminate yourself and brought a plague of downvoting trolls.

  • The Starship Maxima

    I commend you Terry for being willing to admit to being wrong, as did the other atheist blogger who ran the story about a one-eyed girl with cancer being told she was a slap in God’s face.

    Perhaps this is a teachable moment where both liberals and conservatives, religious and atheist, right or left wing, can admit nobody is above getting it wrong.

    Instead of trying to disprove one another, maybe we can work together to get it right.

    • Blacksheep

      “I commend you Terry for being willing to admit to being wrong, as did the other atheist blogger who ran the story about a one-eyed girl with cancer being told she was a slap in God’s face.”

      Thank you – I knew that one-eyed girl story was fishy- made no sense!! I missed the retraction.

      • The Starship Maxima

        Well…….about that….

        As a Christian, one could say “Look at those batshit atheists making up a story and running with it?”

        But then, one has to say “What kind of conduct do Christians have that such a story wasn’t instantly recognizable as farce? Or….do they do this enough times that such a thing is conceivable?”

        I’m Christian, and I’m not liking the answer to those questions.

        • Art_Vandelay

          I too thought that story sounded like complete BS but didn’t want to just come right out and say it as I had no proof but that whole thing with 2 dozen students concluding that the glass eye meant she screwed up God’s plan really just sounded completely made up.

          • The Starship Maxima

            My own Christian parents told me I was demonically possessed and that they openly asked God why he [burdened] them with me.

            Sadly, the story sounded outrageous, but uncomfortably familiar.

          • Blacksheep

            Exactly – I recall that we were both vexxed by it.

        • Blacksheep

          SM: I think you have to trust your own personal experience – anything else is just hearsay. I have never encountered anything hateful like that in my life personally.

          (BTW, This story was instantly recognizable as farce – if you look at my comment on that article, that’s what I said).

          Even so – good point you are making.

          • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

            Lucky you. I have and most every gay person I know has at some point or other.

        • Pene Dreamweaver

          Is NBC run by atheists? They ran the story.

          • The Starship Maxima

            Nitpicking atheist. :P

            • God’s Starship

              No, that was actually a good point.

        • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

          Poe’s law.

          At my parents’ church the church secretary was advised by the pastor that she had to cut off all contact with her son who told her he was gay. So she did. Some of us live in areas where this kind of thing is common. Bully for those who don’t. I think a lot of people are in denial about just how mean spirited and hateful fundamentalist Christians can be and in many areas they are the majority.

    • God’s Starship

      Before we all fall all over ourselves congratulating ourselves on our ability to make false equivalencies, can you please point out who in this case in atheist media is acting as if they are “above getting it wrong”? Because all I see are people saying they suspected it was a hoax in the first place, or people like me who realize they’ve been had and can shrug it off.

      While atheists are looking forward to get to the truth regardless of whether it confirms our biases or not, Christian groups are still sending me e-mails about the “homofacists attacking religious freedom” .

      The bottom falling out of this story does not discount the daily discrimination lgbt citizens face the hands of the religious right. I’m sorry these customers were used, but the fanaticism is still heavily distributed towards one side, who are provably wrong. I’m not going to overcompensate and call it a wash. Nothing has fundamentally changed.

      • The Starship Maxima

        Before we bask in our ability to disprove arguments that weren’t actually made let’s go back and check what was actually said, shall we?
        I can’t point out who in the atheist media is acting as if they are above getting it wrong, because I didn’t make that point. My point was, it is human nature, of all stripes, creeds, orientations, and religious beliefs, to run with a narrative that goes with the story we want. We tend to believe the worst of our enemies and the best of our allies. My only point was that maybe we can admit that bandwagon hopping minus fact-checking is something both sides, and all people, are prone to. So that we can better recognize it when it happens.
        You saying this story being false doesn’t change the discrimination LGBT’s face at the hands of the religious is totally a retread of what I said a few posts above yours, so you are not stating anything new.
        It does mean perhaps it is time to examine this meme of the evil Christians out to get the gays. Maybe, just as a thousand million people have said, it is very miniscule minority that does that.
        And maybe it means Christians are recognizing the problem and are fixing their behavior. That was the only point being made.

        • God’s Starship

          ” this meme of the evil Christians out to get the gays”
          This meme? Stop minimizing. It’s insulting.

          I was thinking that if you believed, as you said, that this was a teachable moment where atheists could admit nobody is above getting it wrong, you could at least name one who needed to learn that lesson. Because I’m looking around and I’m not seeing any….

          Meanwhile, I can count endless people on Christian forums still demanding Obama’s birth certificate….

          • The Starship Maxima

            It is a meme. Even before the gay rights lobby got steam, the percentage of the religious of any faith that were out to discriminate against gays were a fraction of the total. Nobody said, that fraction wasn’t doing considerable harm, only that that the prevalence of that attitude is a bit exaggerated. Whether or not you feel insulted is quite irrelevant.
            And God’s Starship, you, like many here, need to with the phantom quotes. Did anyone say atheists were above getting it wrong? No. But I didn’t say they did.
            They only point I made was that atheists are quick to point out when Christians run with unsubstantiated stories, like Costco labeling the Bible fiction (which I didn’t see the big deal) or the TIME story saying atheists weren’t helping with typhoon relief.
            And that’s fair. Many atheists here say “See, it’s because religion makes you ignore facts. That’s why they’re so gullible.” I’m saying, “Well it appears gullibility and ignorance of facts is not limited to the religious. NOR is it limited to the irreligious. It seems to be a problem of our society, so let’s join together to keep each other on the path of truth.
            Please stop trying to dig for something objectionable because it isn’t there.
            EDIT: Yes, there are Christian forums still demanding Obama’s birth certificate. There are also atheists peddling the story that the Catholics are sending Bibles and rosaries and hindering the relief effort in the Philippines, even though not ONE single relief worker, spokesperson, or victim has even suggested such a thing. So…..

            • 3lemenope

              Even before the gay rights lobby got steam, the percentage of the religious of any faith that were out to discriminate against gays were a fraction of the total.

              This is a problem with restricting a survey of beliefs to only occurrent beliefs, when for most people, most of their beliefs remain only ever dispositional.

              Before the gay rights movement, most Christians (and, indeed, most folks in general) had no opportunity to interface with the issue at all. Openly gay people were basically non-existent outside of metropolitan areas, and flare-ups of bigotry ended up being mostly intrafamilial or at most intracongregational, which necessarily meant that people who were not directly involved were usually kept in the dark about what was happening. The vast majority were taught that homosexuality was morally wrong, but that belief remained dispositional; they still believed it, but that belief was never given concrete voice or associated action. It’s like being a racist against black people while living in rural Maine: chances are good you’ll never actually ever meet a black person, and so the belief never occurs, even though you hold it.

              Fast-forward to where the gay rights movement, as per its name, has succeeded at making the bigotry and its opposition political issues, which due to their nature cannot be swept under the rug or into the closet or whatever other metaphor floats your boat. It then becomes far more difficult for a person who holds a dispositional belief that homosexuality is wrong to avoid it becoming an occurrent belief (one for which opportunity has furnished it to be spoken or acted upon), because people are now socially expected to have a stance on the issues. So, in short, the gay rights movement revealed as occurrent that which had till then for most remained dispositional. The attitude was always there, and always endemic, but like the racist in rural Maine, never forced into the light.

              • The Starship Maxima

                Goddamit 3lemonope, I HATE it when you do that.

                • 3lemenope

                  :)

              • Mario Strada

                I also see some parallels with the election of a certain black president and racism in America.

            • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

              If it’s only a minority of Christians who were anti-gay, how did all those anti-gay ballot initiatives (I’m thinking back so not just the marriage ones) pass in so many states?

              • The Starship Maxima

                Same reason the German Nationalists were able to enact their state-sanctioned genocide.

                The few tend to be the loud.

                • The Other Weirdo

                  They weren’t just German Nationalists, they were racial supremacists and religiously-motivated anti-Semites with 500 years of specific Jew-hatred, as well as 1900 years of general Jew-hatred. They also weren’t as ‘few’ as you might like to think.

                • TheG

                  I’ll bite. Let’s take Prop 8 as an example. I don’t consider 5.4 million people in one state alone to be “the few”.

                  (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Many-Obama-supporters-also-backed-Prop-8-3186289.php#photo-2323977)

                  They may be loud, but they are also numerous.

                  Further, they are also very religious. 71% of citizens voting in favor of limiting the rights of their fellow citizens were polled and said that they attended religious services. Additionally, religious beliefs were the third most listed reason for their vote. Of course, that is just what was admitted.

                  (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/issues/egan_sherrill_prop8_1_6_09.pdf)

            • CottonBlimp

              “Even before the gay rights lobby got steam, the percentage of the religious of any faith that were out to discriminate against gays were a fraction of the total.”
              It seems like 3lemenope got you to realize that this was a stupid thing to say. I hope you also realize what a morally irresponsible statement it was, too.

              If you want to be one of the good Christians, you have no excuse to be THAT ignorant of the history of Christian bigotry.

              • The Starship Maxima

                You have some assumptions that need correction. 3lemenope posed a theory that made much sense for why many people might not voice their antipathy toward gays.
                That still doesn’t change the fact that the majority of Christians don’t care enough about what adults do in their spare time to get bent out of shape. My statement was not irresponsible, it just needed tweaking to me more accurate.
                You will find no post where I suggested the minority that are homophobic aren’t dangerous and shouldn’t be opposed. So I’m not quite sure where this alleged “moral irresponsibility” is.
                To your other point, I’m one of the “good Christians” because I seek to do good at every opportunity. And I’m quite knowledgeable of the history of Christianity. I have to be in order to correct the bigoted statements and flat-out lies encountered on sites like this. My lack of knowledge is not a moral failing, just like an atheist is not immoral because they make provably false blanket statements about religious. What IS morally objectionable is to be ignorant and wrong, and become defiant in the face of corrections. I was that way once. Not any more.
                I never pretend I have all the answers. That is why remain open and humble, and I seek the truth at all junctures, and as I learn new facts and am presented with alternative theories, I adjust my view accordingly.

                • CottonBlimp

                  “That still doesn’t change the fact that the majority of Christians don’t care enough about what adults do in their spare time to get bent out of shape. ”
                  Are you fucking kidding me?

                  Out gay men and women flocked to homosexual ghettos in nearby cities to flee the abuse coming from their community and their own families. Gay people only came out of the closet in dark and secret places, hidden away from the straight world, and still this wasn’t enough for Christians – police would barge in to break heads and publish their photos in the newspaper so that otherwise innocent gay men and women would lose their jobs, be disowned by their family and alienated from their friends. When they rioted in Stonewall in defiance of this systemic bigotry, the mainstream papers mocked them with headlines like “Bring on the girls”.

                  Until very recently in American history, being outed as gay was enough to ruin your entire life, because, actually, Christians care a whole fucking lot about other people’s sex lives. Maybe you could have gathered that during the political debates about birth control, sex ed, abortion, sodomy, and gay marriage.

                  FFS, don’t give me that “I’m an imperfect sinner” Christian garbage, correct your offensive fucking ignorance.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  I am an imperfect sinner. That is not Christian garbage, that is the truth. The other part of that statement you seem to have missed is “…..and since I know I’m not perfect, I remain open to correction, and am willing to change my viewpoints and actions in light of new information.”
                  Now, due to your rather unnecessary tantrum, you seem to think I am suggesting Christians are not guilty of wrongdoing. Anyone that’s read my posts knows I’d never say that. I said, the majority don’t care. And I will not retract that statement, because as far as I know, it’s the truth.
                  It is a known fact that in ANY group, Muslims, Christians, conservatives, liberals, communists, nationalists, wiccans, whatever; only a small majority have a rabid need for domination. Of course, the problem is that this minority use their loudness and relentless drive to sway the more moderate, but also more malleable, majority.
                  In short Cotton, like many of the uninformed, you conflate the Christian Right and Fundamentalism with overall Christianity. I find it amusing you mention offensive ignorance, and yet your failed thought process fails to account for the fact that there are many Christian sects that differ in the views on homosexuality. You’re just as simple-minded as those who equate Muslims with terrorists.
                  You also fail to take into consideration that homophobia is a thing that exists independent of religion. Like many masses, you are fooled because you hear someone quote a Bible verse when discriminating against gays, so you assume, “Yep, it’s the Bible that causes it.” It isn’t, as my Bible drives me to agitate for gay rights. People, can, and have used the Bible to justify great evil as well as extraordinary good.
                  That, sir, is the truth. If it is not and you have facts to substantiate your position, I’ll gladly hear it.
                  Otherwise, I suggest that perhaps we all can work on being less ignorant.

          • The Starship Maxima

            It would appear GS, that I might have spoken a bit recklessly.

          • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

            I was forwarded an email last month (it wasn’t a new one…snopes article was already several months old) claiming some special provision in the ACA exempting Muslims. The whole thing was a lie. When I emailed back (using reply all since everyone who received it should know it wasn’t true) linking to snopes, factcheck and several other sites all debunking the email, I got back angry emails. The truth doesn’t matter.

            Someone hoaxed us, and once we are aware of the hoax I am not continuing to believe the lie. That’s what it means to be reality-based.

            The real question, of course, is who sends out these emails and other forms of misinformation and who is paying them. Or in this case what’s up with this waitress and why did she lie about this? I have no patience with any liars, but when a story obviously has a source (as in, who wrote the original email before it was forwarded 100 times) I think we have a right to know who wrote it and who paid them to do so. The news reporters are obviously too lazy to go after a story like this (or too afraid of the corporation that paid a PR flack to create the hoax about ACA) but shouldn’t someone be able to trace one of these multi-forward emails back to an original source?

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              I’m still giving the waitress the benefit of the doubt, if only because she has no reason to lie about it, and the homo-haters have every reason to lie about it.

              • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

                the receipts match up (time stamped and subtotal are the same) and their credit card receipt is for the amount plus the tip they claim to have left. I don’t know how to dispute that. If you do, please offer one.

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  Their credit statement could easily be forged — I could whip up a convincing “credit statement” in five minutes with Word and a previous statement to use as a template.

                  Once again, you also have to look at motive.

                  What does the waitress gain by lying? Not a whole lot, and she has everything to lose if she’s found out.

                  The Christers, on the other paw, have everything to gain by vilifying this young woman, and nothing to lose if they’re found out.

                  The most likely scenario is that the waitress is telling the truth.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  With all due respect wmd, this is a textbook example of flawed logic. Actually, it isn’t logic, this is pure conjecture and confirmation bias trying to pass itself as logic.

                  Your thinking was fine, right up to the point you tried to apply general stereotypes (which were correct, btw) to this situation.

                  You have nothing to suggest the couple were homo-haters and had anything to hide. Nothing except this woman’s story. Which has no been called into doubt by actual evidence.

                  But let’s say they were homophobes. They were anonymous. Nobody outed them. They could’ve remained in alleged homophobia and no one would’ve been the wiser. It was they who willingly came forward and produced documentation backing their side of the story.

                  Now you ask, what does the waitress have to gain by lying? Well, let’s look at what she has already gained from this story. Sympathy from all over the world. Exposure in the news. Lionized as a “brave champion for gay rights facing down the ebil Jebus people”. Over $2000 grand alone in tips at the time the story broke. And on top of that people like you can come to a site like this and make blanket accusations of “the Christers.”

                  Now, throw in that the numbers from the BANK back up the couple’s story, and it looks more like your refusal to see this was another story fueled by anti-Christian bias is just another brand of bigotry.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    You only add in the tip on the store copy of the receipt, so the customer copy proves nothing. But the credit card bill would show how much was actually charged to that card at that business on that day.

    • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

      This is kind of hard to argue against.

      • unclemike

        Actually, since the “Customer Copy” is always blank and is for the customer to keep, the customer can add anything they want to it later.

        The thing that would actually disprove the waitress’s claims would be a copy of the bank statement. The reporter claims they had it, but I’m curious as to why that wasn’t shown in the picture.

        • Matt Potter

          In one of the links there was a local broadcast reporter who did have a copy of the credit card statement. It was the food cost plus tip amount on the statement. The reporter also interviewed the waitress in question and she appeared less than forthcoming. I honestly can’t imagine how/why someone would falsify such a story but it seems clear that is what actually happened.

          • unclemike

            You’re right, I didn’t watch the news clip before, only read the story, so i didn’t see the credit card receipt.

            This episode still makes me sad, but for a different reason now. Sigh.

          • Art_Vandelay

            I honestly can’t imagine how/why someone would falsify such a story but it seems clear that is what actually happened.

            Because a significant amount of the human species are gigantic attention whores?

          • Mario Strada

            The restaurant and the Credit Card company should have the only proof needed. The restaurant can run their register and see if a tip was added or not. If it was added, then the waitress should be fired and see you later. If the tip was not added then the next step is the CC company. But the restaurant statement (not the slip, what they submitted to the processor) should be enough.

            • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

              What atheist?

        • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

          Here is the statement.

          • Paul Lambert

            Thanks for that. I kept finding the comment that they provided a statement but I couldn’t find said statement. Only the pic of customer copy.

      • Paul Lambert

        I’m still in doubt of the couple who, after being publicly humiliated, may be trying to save face. The customer copy is just their copy & they could have written anything there. I have yet to see a photo of the alleged credit card statement with the full total with tip. Has any one else found an image of the statement?

        • GeraardSpergen

          The family produced a photocopy of their statement to back their claim…. could be fake I guess.

          But the family wasn’t publicly humiliated that I ever saw – not even identified (unlike the recent Pastor Bell kerfuffle). There was no reason for them to come forward at all except to call the waitress out as a liar.

        • DeeSue, Jeter & Jodi

          Except the couple has never been identified and came forth on their own. They could’ve lived out their life with no one ever knowing it was them.

          • DeeSue, Jeter & Jodi

            I’m not saying she’s guilty or innocent yet. Just reminding folks the couple was not publicly outed in any way. No one knew who they were.

      • more compost

        No, it isn’t. It isn’t hard to argue against at all.

        The customer copy proves NOTHING. Zip, zero, nada.

        • The Captain

          Then neither does the original “merchant” copy. Often times you get two or three different copies that you can sign and any one of them is good to enter into the system and get billed for. As a heavy drinker, I often wake up to find the “merchant” copy in my pants and the restaurant has always still billed me just fine.

          • Guest

            Look at the customer copy, right past the black part that is scratched out:
            there is a date, 11/13; a time stamp, 19:19; AND a total charged to the card of 93.55
            She did not tip!

            • rhodent

              Um…no.

              The Customer Copy and Merchant Copy are both printed before either is brought to the customer. It is therefore impossible for anything printed on the Customer Copy to reflect the tip amount. For that reason, the “93.55″ does not prove that the customer did not tip. It doesn’t prove she did, of course, but nor does it prove she didn’t.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        The one on the right (customer copy) looks faked — the total (below the alleged tip) still reads 93.55, where it should, if legit, give the full total including tip.

  • The Captain

    I have to admit this one sounded a bit fishy last week. It felt too convenient coming so close to the real one that started this whole mess off. Seems Dayna got a case of internet jealousy and lied to get the internet fame. Good for the customers who proved her wrong. Hope she gets fired and mocked repeatedly.

    You wanted internet fame… well now you got it! Good luck with that.

  • Mario Strada

    The handwriting of the number is different in the two receipts. So one of them is fake. It sure looks like it was made up.

    On the other hand, I know I would be able to fake both a credit card statement and a restaurant receipt beyond detection in a simple side by side comparison.
    But after watching the interview with the “family” I doubt that’s the case. They don’t seem to have a horse in this race with their desire to remain anonymous.

    Bottom line, I think she faked the whole thing. I give that a 95% chance.

    • April

      It is sad, I agree. I suspect she saw how much support the young man a few weeks ago received, and that he was making bigger tips than ever, had more motivation than fame. Money and jealousy can make one do crazy stupid things. Big picture, if this is the stupidest thing she does, she will recover quickly enough.

      My thought is, if she planned to set this up, she should have forgone entering the customers tip in the actual transaction in the system. Then the customer would not have had an easy job of proving otherwise, as they do now.

    • Mario Strada

      One thing I just noticed: I often leave a restaurant with the “Customer Receipt” empty. These are not carbon copies, the customers receive two different slips. I usually only fill the one for the house and leave the one for me empty. It would be easy for me to fill out a tip later, with a total and nobody would know the difference. The message on the house slip need not be on the customer slip.

      The only real proof is the CC statement. Although that looks like something printed online anyway and with a minimum knowledge of Photoshop I would be able to fake it in heartbeat.

      So this story is not over. The family seemed sincere but so did the waitress initially.

      The only organization that can clear this up for good would be the CC company and the restaurant. If the restaurant has the tip added then it’s a’ll over, but as far as I know they are still “investigating”.

      • Lars

        I don’t recall ever putting the tip on my customer copy and I can say with absolute certainty that I’ve never added a tip then totalled the amount on my own customer copy receipt. Then again, I don’t eat out enough, or tip differently enough, that I need to track my tips separately for future reference. Does anyone else here tip and total their receipts like that? Maybe this practice is more common that I would guess it is.

        • allein

          I usually write the tip and total on my copy just so I remember what it was when I check my credit card statement later.

      • http://springygoddess.blogspot.com/ Astreja

        DBC, I’m a lesbian and an agnostic atheist. May I please have the name of your lawyer so that My lawyer can send him or her the libel lawsuit papers?

        • http://springygoddess.blogspot.com/ Astreja

          Sorry, DBC, but you have it all wrong. It’s libel if it you use the print medium to cast false aspersions on someone’s character in an attempt to harm their reputation and cause others to be unfavourably disposed towards them. You did not use the magic words “I believe” in your statement; therefore, you were asserting a supposed fact –

          – Which is patently and demonstrably false. I am not a thief, and nowhere on this planet does there exist any criminal records of any crime committed by Me. I literally have never gotten a parking ticket.

          I do, however, have a couple of screen shots that may one day show up as evidence in a court of law.

          I’ll settle out of court for an unqualified apology to all LGBT individuals and all atheists, and a $1,000.00 USD donation to the Red Cross, for aid to the Philippines.

          • http://springygoddess.blogspot.com/ Astreja

            I can be mad at more than one person at a time, DBC. If the story does turn out to be false, I would like the waitress to face severe consequences.

            However, I know that you have lied about Me… And I can easily prove it in a court of law. Therefore, I would like to see you face some consequences as well, to break you of this nasty habit of insulting total strangers en masse. An uppercut to the wallet is one way of driving the point home.

            I don’t actually need your money, though, so that’s why I suggested a donation to the Red Cross, to help people who are in more dire straits than either of us. If you don’t have $1K to donate, though, just give what you can and we’ll call it square.

            • http://springygoddess.blogspot.com/ Astreja

              DBC, we’ll have to find a different time and place to discuss Ex-C, as it’s out of scope for this thread. Suffice to say that it’s a support group rather than a free-for-all forum; hence the heavier moderation.

              It’s approaching 2 a.m. here, so good night.

          • Anna

            You guys, let’s not feed the troll. This person has been spamming a bunch of threads with these remarks and is clearly not interested in any type of actual conversation.

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              Also, there is a “flag this post” option — I’d suggest applying it liberally…

  • sonofkenny

    The handwriting doesn’t even match…

    • 5oh4

      The note could’ve been written by the wife while the receipt was signed by the husband or vice versa.

  • Jennifer Lynn Mcewen

    maybe it was a disgruntled co worker of the girl just harassing her, maybe they took her tip too???!!! you never know.. there are really twisted people out there!

    • The Captain

      From the article! “The waitress is the only person who enters the tip at a restaurant. I know, I waitressed for decades.”

      As anyone who has waited before can tell you, you can not steal a tip off someone else’s table that was paid by credit card. Only the server who opend the table (or manager) can enter that info into the system.

      • Carla

        That commenter is wrong though about one thing: reprinted credit card slips don’t always say reprint. The ones in the restaurant I work in don’t.

  • more compost

    The customer copy is zero proof of anything. Only the credit card statement will unravel this mystery.

    • The Captain

      Why did no one READ this article.

      “They also produced a credit card statement showing they had been billed for the full amount of the bill plus the tip.”

      • Madison Blane

        I could whip up a document like this in MS word; it would take me about 5 minutes (if that). I could even copy a bank/credit card logo onto it! This blurry copy proves nothing. There is still no third party confirmation from either side. Any decent journalist would have asked this customer to call their bank in order to confirm their story. The customer could easily give permission for the bank to release information regarding the transaction in debate instead of showing a sketchy, blurry, highly questionable copied paper that proves absolutely nothing.

        The server and manager cannot release records for that card transaction without the customer’s permission – not without being sued for slander and violation of privacy. This server has no recourse and no way to third-party validate her story.

        Many have asked why this customer would come forward if she was lying. That’s an easy one; look at how many people are now standing up for this christian woman and judging the gay Marine, bashing her, hating her even worse than before (and the waitress can do nothing about it). The bank/credit card statement doesn’t have to be true; public opinion swayed overnight. And hey, we’ve never known any one to blatantly lie to the public, have we? (I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinski!) And certainly, we’ve never known a good christian to lie publicly, right? (Ted Haggard)

        • The Starship Maxima

          And certainly, we’ve never known a good christian to lie publicly, right?

          Yes true. However it seems this particular “brave gay rights champion” IS a liar, and a compulsive one at that, according to her coworkers who’ve now come forward in light of these revelations.

          People have determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Earth is 6 million years old and God can’t possibly exist, quote unquote, with far less evidence than this.

          • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

            You keep making that claim, but I’m still not seeing any evidence…

            • The Starship Maxima

              Claim? You might want to look up the definition of the word.

              I can “claim”, my chili is the best in New England. I can claim Biggie is better than Tupac.

              I am stating that this woman’s own coworkers and colleagues are saying she has a history of making of up stories with the express purpose of garnering sympathy. I further added a link to a usatoday story where I read it, for those that couldn’t be troubled to look.

              You might be right and she is still the poor wounded lesbian and the couple might really be homophobic assholes. But the evidence available, as it stands, says the waiter lied.

              • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                And her co-workers are totally honest?

                This could easily be a case of workplace politics, and her co-workers are trying to get her fired for some stupid petty junior-high reason.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  Wmd, honest question.

                  Why on Earth would this many people, who don’t know each other, conspire to pick on one waiter??

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  So… you’re saying her coworkers somehow “don’t know each other”?

                  I have more reason to trust the waitress than I do to trust you or her coworkers — my lived experience tells me that YES, this story is TRUE. Short of a signed confession, made without coercion, I will continue to trust the waitress, and not the people who have every goddamn reason to lie.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  I don’t think I was clear. I’m not saying her coworkers at the restaurant she works at don’t know each other. I’m referencing the news article in which classmates, former coworkers, an ex-girlfriend, AND even her former CO in the Marine Reserve.
                  On top of all that, the ex-gf kept notes Morales wrote her, and the preliminary evidence says the handwriting matches the receipt. I mean, damn. It would be a stretch that this couple conspired with just her coworkers at her job. But now, she’s a target of a conspire going back to college??? Really???
                  Wmdkitty, I don’t know you personally, so I can’t speak on your rationale. But I must be honest, you sound absolutely NO different from the “Christers” you loathe so much, who’ll ignore the facts in front of their face to hang on to their own version of the truth.
                  I’m not saying to say “Ha-ha, know-it-all atheist now is the one ignoring reality.” We ALL got suckered. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again.
                  Admitting THIS particular lesbian lied isn’t some sort of defeat. We all know there’s homophobia, and we’ll all still work together to stop it. But we can’t resort to fabricating the truth. I mean, isn’t that what the people we oppose do??

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  Signed confession or GTFO. Otherwise, leave me alone.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  No, I will not leave you alone.
                  If you are going to come to a website full of people claiming superior logic and reasoning skills, and comment on an open forum, and then behave in a manner very much like the people you claim to be better than, I’m going to call you out on it.
                  If you don’t want anybody addressing your bias, then don’t post here.

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  no. I told you to leave me alone.

                  now FUCK OFF.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  It doesn’t work like that. If it was, I’d tell you not to respond to my posts with your logic that is so juvenile and insipid, it could be mistaken for parody on a glance. I don’t because I realize this an open forum and everyone, even those of lesser intellect like you, are entitled to respond.
                  So again, if you don’t want a response, DON’T POST. If that doesn’t work for you, I believe the short answer is, tough.

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  Excuse me, but my logic is fine — yours, however, is severely lacking, and you are looking for ANYTHING to discredit a woman who was sorely mistreated.

                  So, either produce a signed confession from the waitress stating that she did, indeed, lie, or GTFO.

                • The Starship Maxima

                  I read my last few posts to you and I realize that I am acting like a little stuck up asshole.
                  And for that, I’m sorry. I’ll leave you alone as you ask.

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  Thank you. I haven’t exactly been on my best behaviour, either.

                  Truce?

                • The Starship Maxima

                  (shakes hands) Truce.

    • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

      And here it is again.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Ridiculously easy to fake, especially if one has an old statement on hand to use as a template.

        • Mario Strada

          I would have been more convinced if the totals were left alone and would total at the bottom correctly. Still very easy to fake but just slightly more effort.

          Again, their attitude tells me they are probably honest, but taking 2 pieces of paper as definitive proof is also not a good way to go about it.

          Once upon a time I worked for an online coupon company and my job was to fake online coupons of our competitors to demonstrate how easy it was to fake them and get money back from the purchase. I never encountered an online document going to print I could not digitize and fake easily. Bar code and everything.

          • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

            That’s my point — even I could whip up that receipt — give me 5 minutes with Word…

            • Lars

              I love a good mystery! I too could scan the bank statement and use any photo editing app to alter the hard copy or digital bank statement to reflect whatever amount I wanted. Then you use the same app’s highlight feature (via a perfect digital yellow rectangle) to obscure any alteration.

              On their own, a digitized bank statement, customer receipt, or merchant receipt prove nothing. Maybe others do this, but I have never added a tip to my customer copy and find it odd that someone else would. I add an appropriate tip amount to the merchant copy and check my bank statement later to make sure everything looks legit. Still, in my opinion, the server, manager, and restaurant have a lot more to lose by falsifying tips than a customer does by falsifying a receipt or statement. Curious to see if this sad affair gets even sadder.

            • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

              [citation needed]

              • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

                Other than one or two admittedly gratuitous insults (I believe I called you a dumbass at one point) embedded in factual, logical argumentation, what hateful or evil things have I posted about you?

                I’m not nasty to you. I’m nasty to your ideas, because your ideas are nasty. You called all atheists thieves and basically said they (we) were all incapable of being good people. You repeatedly e-stalked other posters across blogs. You have repeatedly claimed women who need abortions should be sterilized, that they are stupid sluts, and that women’s bodily autonomy means nothing to you.

                So yes, I banned you. I banned you because you attacked people for no reason, throwing insults designed to wound without provocation. You have only yourself to blame.

  • Pene Dreamweaver

    The waitress is not the only one that enters the tip. The server enters the dinner amount, then passes the machine over to the customer who adds tip – or not – enters their information and hits okay. With a credit card, these days you can use a pin or have it printed, which the customer would then enter the tip amount and sign the receipt. At least that has been my experience. I have never, not even once, had the server enter the tip amount.

    • The Captain

      You’re European aren’t you?

      Yea that’s not how it’s done in the US. Whenever I go to Europe (or South America) the sever hands you the little machine to put the amount in as you described. In the US however, this is never done. Most restaurants do not even have portable machines in the first place. The server takes the card back to the register and runs the card, then brings you the receipt and leaves. The customer then can sign the receipt and add in the tip at their own leisure. After they leave the server picks up the receipt then ads in the tip to the table when they close out the tab in the system.

  • Bub

    RE the tip thing: the waitress does NOT enter the tip in these parts. That would be presumptuous and rude. The keypad is passed to the customer, on which it asks “add tip?” they select yes or no, if yes, they are prompted to enter an amount, then OK the total.

    • The Captain

      See my comment to Pene Dreamweaver just bellow.

      • Bub

        Not from another continent, sorry.

        • The Captain

          But you have two names apparently?

          So April, or is it Bub? What magical land here in the US does this as you described? It certainly isn’t anywhere on the eastern seaboard. From NY to Miami the servers all take your card away from the table to run and you sign a tip latter.Can’t be LA or San Fran, I’ve been there and it’s done the same way as the east cost. Been to the midwest in the last two years (St. Louis, Indy and Chicago) and I have receipts from all of them where I signed my own tip in.

          Or are you being a sly Mexican or Canadian?

          • Pitabred

            It’s done that way in Colorado here, too.

          • Gehennah

            The only place I can recall that does it like Bub said may be Cracker Barrel but I eat there so rarely I don’t recall if they ask if you want to add a tip or not.

            Now when I pay for stuff using the iPhone swipe system it’s like Bub said. I’m curious on where Bub dines.

        • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

          I’ve never seen that. I’ve always done the whole rigamarole The Captain described- get bill, card gets run, add tip to receipt, the server adds the tip amount to the check before closing out the tab after I leave.

    • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

      What parts are those. I’m always given a receipt and write the tip amount on it before signing. Of course I’m in the backwoods of Texas (not really…I’m on the outskirts of one of the country’s 10 largest cities). Perhaps I’m just not going to fancy enough restaurants.

    • rb

      im from nj where there are a lot of diners and the hostess is in charge of the credit card machines. the waitress does not handle entering the credit card amounts because of something like tip “fraud”

  • wvsasha

    How many bandwagons can we jump on in one story? First it’s “all poor girl and evil judgemental people” and now it’s “evil girl and poor, taken-advantage-of people”. Maybe we need to learn to quit pulling the damn trigger on publishing things so fast so we can claim “first!” and actually investigate and see what the FACTS are. Then we would at that point lend more credence to our claim of being skeptics.

    • Mario Strada

      The problem I see with that is how exactly would “we” (even Terry) investigate a claim like that? Especially since at the time of the first story the family hadn’t come forward?

      I see no reason not to cover the story and few organizations have the manpower to investigate a story like that in depth. Those that do usually spend their $$ on Syria and more important news stories anyway.

      I agree with you in principle, but if I go back in time I wouldn’t know how to present the story differently or find a way to confirm it.

  • Matt D

    I noticed the waitress stated they were rude right off the bat, before she posted the receipt. That means both parties have motivation to lie about this incident. Since she denied writing it herself, as did they, than it’s also possible her coworkers were playing a prank that backfired.

    Frankly, I find the cost of the meal to be quite extravagant, so I’m wondering if that was a source of tension. Rather hard to figure it out, without speaking to either of them.

    • Anna

      IIRC, it was a family of four. Still quite pricey, though, unless there were multiple appetizers, drinks, desserts, etc. ordered.

      • Matt D

        Ah, I see now that I missed that fact, so it’s a little less strange, although it still seems quite pricey.

    • Terry Firma

      Do you eat out, and foot the bill?

      Average appetizer in an average-priced U.S. restaurant, maybe 8 bucks x 2 = 16
      Shared salad? About $10
      Average entree, about 20 bucks x 2 = 40
      Average desert 8 bucks x 2 = 16
      Glass of beer or glass of wine, 6 bucks x 2 = 12

      That’s $94 on the nose, before tax and tip.

      I don’t see what’s “extravagant” about a $94 bill for two. Go to Daniel Boulud or Jean Georges or Le Cirque and you’ll spend three to four times that, especially with a decent bottle of wine. OTOH, you can spend less at Denny’s or Pizza Hut, if that’s your bag.

      If there were four people (two kids), this couple did especially well.

      Extravagant, excessive? Most certainly not.

      Not that any of this is very relevant…

      • Mario Strada

        Really. My wife and I usually go to “Il Fornaio” for dinner and our bill is rarely less than $90. And I usually only have a lemonade.

      • Matt D

        My musings on possible motives are based on my own income and preferences.

        For example, I rarely order appetizers or liquor when I eat out, so my bills will be less than someone who indulges, regardless of whether I’m eating at fancy restaurants or “Denny’s”.

  • Stev84

    There have been a couple of fake anti-gay incidents and hate crimes lately. Like a woman who faked an attack on her and even cut her own body. Someone else committed insurance fraud. Another woman claimed that a hospital denied her visitation, although she was the one who attacked her partner.

    It’s pretty dangerous in this day and age, since everything gets amplified by the Internet. Relatively minor or at least local incidents easily get national and even international attention. And all the major gay blogs pick up such stories within hours.

    • Anna

      There’s enough real homophobia out there. It’s a shame that people are resorting to making things up.

  • WingedBeast

    It should be noted that this was the second such story to happen. There’s not any story out there about that one being in doubt.

    • God’s Starship

      Yeah, I was thinking about that too.

  • GCBill

    This is the third fake story that Terry has published (then been forced to retract) within the month. It’s high time we all direct our skepticism towards claims about the harmful effects of belief as well, instead of applying it liberally to religious claims only.

    • Mario Strada

      Terry, or the FA only published what many other news sources did at the time. While we surely should apply skepticism when reading these stories, the religious and LGBT angle made the story worthy of posting on this blog and there was no indication at the time that it could have been a fake story. Even as such it is still worthy of being published.

      If this blog or any other news source would decide not to publish news stories just in case they could turn out to be fake later, we would be reading many fewer articles here.

      I think publishing the story and the correction later (or on ongoing series of articles as needed) it’s really the only thing that can be done. I don’t see any fault in terry or anyone else for being duped along with the rest of the planet.

      • Gehennah

        Agreed. If it’s highly questionable from the onset, then sure, hold off on publishing. But this story did seem legit, and even as this one states, it not saying reprint and not having obvious signs of doctoring makes it seem legit.

        I’m sad to see that it was faked by someone who probably wanted attention (and got it) but I am glad to see that someone didn’t stiff her on a tip because she was gay.

      • http://rolltodisbelieve.wordpress.com/ Captain Cassidy

        I agree as well. This isn’t the only site that passed along that story. I remember looking into it because it was so similar to other current stiffed-gay-waiter stories and nothing about it seemed “off” to me either.

  • TnkAgn

    Any chance that there is some mistaken identity of customers? I’d like to think so.

    • rhodent

      The receipt provided by the customer and the receipt posted by the waitress both have the same (pre-tip) total price and the same date and time stamp. While it is theoretically possible that it could be a different customer who happened to have a bill for the same amount at the same time, it seems highly unlikely.

  • joe smith

    I am getting the same response over and over from my friends who were ‘outraged’ by the original story: “Yeah but still…..”

    • The Starship Maxima

      Bigotry at its finest. In light of new information, stick with old result.

      • TheUnknownPundit

        It would seem confirmation bias can afflict theist and non-theist alike.

        • The Starship Maxima

          Too true, friend, too true.

  • Mario Strada

    Actually, she never stated if she was an atheist or not. The only thing I know about her is that she is gay and what happened was exclusively related to her sexual orientation.

    She may very well be an atheist for all I know, but she would not be the first gay Christian or wiccan or whatever. No one asked her if she believed in god or not. If you know otherwise, please let us know, but I read a few articles at the time (including her facebook page) and there was no mention of her religion. No mention on today’s articles either of her religious beliefs.

    That I didn’t read it, means nothing, but I did not assume for a second she was an atheist just because she was gay and some alleged fundies stiffed her.

    Incidentally, your statement that “Atheists have no morals” is patently false. It is false because plenty of atheists have made statements and performed actions that refute that assumption. SInce you are not an atheist I will assume that you are a Christian. If that’s the case, your own holy book teaches you not to judge and your statement is indeed judging. That would tell me that you may have morals, but you choose not to abide by them by engaging in judging your fellow man.

    So is it better to have no morals or to ignore what morals you have?

    Your superior sense of morality has not prevented you from passing judgement on others, yet this is what your own Holy Book says:

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”

    Matthew 7:1-2 ESV

  • islandbrewer

    Hey, could you do me a favor, please? Could you either (1) point to anywhere it was claimed she was an atheist, or (2) be big enough to do what Terry (a self-identified atheist) did and say you’re mistaken? Otherwise, you’ll be demonstrating that the atheist is more ethical than you are (which is frankly not surprising).

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Has anyone thought that the alleged “copy” held by the crusties was faked?

    • Mario Strada

      That slip copy could be “faked” very easily, since it’s usually left blank. What cannot be faked is the restaurant CC submissions for that day (if there is a tip case closed) and the CC bill that comes from the CC company (not one printed online). The latter I could fake in an instant.
      Another thing that cannot be faked is the statements this family has made. The way they said they are not the types to do something like that, the fact they are remaining anonymous and that they don’t seem to have an agenda beside clearing their name, makes the case lean in their favor heavily. But not the documentation I have seen so far. I have done much more difficult “fake” jobs on documents like that. All the documents I have seen so far could be fake.
      Their attitude less so. Somebody that leaves a message like that on a CC slip will not admit to be Gay marriage supporters no matter what.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Then we need an official statement directly from the CC company with an established chain of custody.

        • Mario Strada

          A statement from them directly would be enough. The important thing is that it doesn’t pass through the hands of anyone involved in the case.

          • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

            Yeah, secure chain of custody.

  • Hugo

    there’s not enough info to make a case either way, there’s a lot of conflicting info.
    The receipt from the couple also states the 93.55 after the blurred credit card details, that “customer copy” can be altered, their cc receipt has not been verified.
    But it can all be easily verified the restaurant only has to check it’s bank records to see if they got the $18 tip.

    • The Starship Maxima

      Yeah, funny thing is, they did that. A near 20% tip was charged.

  • The Starship Maxima

    So, according to more emerging news articles, the Dayna Morales is a habitual liar. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/26/waitress-no-tip-hoax/3761565/

    This is looking worse and worse for her all the time. What makes this fucked up is that she garnered sympathy and support that could’ve gone to actual victims of homophobia.

  • Terry Firma

    http://www.lohud.com/article/20131126/NEWS/311260034/Waitress-tip-tale-former-Stony-Point-resident-lies-about-everything-former-co-workers-friends-say?nclick_check=1

    “Morales has been caught in multiple lies, telling co-workers she shaved her head because she had brain cancer and later telling them it was her friend who had brain cancer, her colleagues and friends said.

    They said she also told co-workers at a day care center where she once worked that Superstorm Sandy severely damaged her home in Stony Point, and sent a boat into her living room. Concerned co-workers dropped by her home and found only minor damage to the carpet by her front door and no sign of a boat, they said.”

    According to a Marine Corps spokesperson, Morales did serve in the Marines, but contrary to her claims, didn’t see combat. “There is no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan,” he added.

    • 3lemenope

      Days after the story first was reported, Lapola told the Courier News he was not working the evening of the incident. But Lapola stood by his waitress and said he instructed his staff to discount an entree from the family’s check and to credit the difference as a tip.

      Everything else aside, if the above is true, that guy Lapola is a mensch.

      • The Starship Maxima

        Sticking up for your employee is what any good manager would do, I commend him.
        Covering for an arrogant, lying employee isn’t being a mensch, it’s being an enabling asshole. If the mounting evidence builds to it’s conclusion, and she faked the whole thing, her ass needs to be fired. Immediately.

        • 3lemenope

          I agree.

  • The Starship Maxima

    And now yet another revelation. Dayna Morales, in her original rant, fumed that as a Marine “she was fighting for their right to be ignorant”.

    Well, she was actually dishonorably discharged from the Marine Reserves for going AWOL.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Dayna-Morales-Receipt-Gay-Server-Lifestyle-Note-Marine-233672131.html


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