Family says they tipped waitress, didn't leave note 'lifestyle'

Family tells NY station they tipped gay waitress, didn't leave note about 'lifestyle'

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Dayna Morales says she received this note on her receipt from a family: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.' The family says it's not true. Dayna Morales says she received this note on her receipt from a family: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.' The family says it's not true.

A New Jersey family is reportedly disputing a story that made headlines nationwide about a gay waitress who was left a note criticizing her "lifestyle" instead of a tip.

According to NBCNewyork.com, the family claims they have their own receipt that shows they did leave a tip and didn't write the note.

Dayna Morales, an ex-Marine and server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, said she received the offensive note on a November 13 receipt. "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I don't agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life," the message read.

According to NBC New York, the couple contacted a TV station in New York City after the story went viral. They asked to remain anonymous but produced a receipt that was apparently printed at the same time, on the same date, for the same amount, except with an $18 tip.

The couple also gave the station a Visa bill that indicated their card charged for the meal plus tip for a total of $111.55.

The family told the station they believe their receipt was used for a hoax. The husband said he didn't vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie because the governor opposes same-sex marriage.

"Never would a message like that come from us," he said.

Morales announced last week she would donate thousands of dollars in gratuities from supporters to the Wounded Warrior Project. She told NBCNewYork.com on Monday she did not receive a tip and insisted the handwriting on the receipt was not her own.

The restaurant, which reportedly could not produce the original receipt nor explain why the family was charged for the tip amount, told the station it was aware of the couple's claims and that an internal investigation is ongoing.

"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.

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