BRIDGEWATER - A couple has come forward claiming to be the people accused of not tipping a Bridgewater waitress because she is gay, and they say those accusations are false.
Dayna Morales, a 23-year-old former Marine and food server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, says a couple and two kids she waited on Nov. 13 chose not to tip her because she's a lesbian.
She said they left a handwritten note on the bill instead of a gratuity that read, "Sorry, I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life."
An anonymous email sent to News 12 New Jersey and several other news outlets on Friday is raising questions about Morales' story.
The sender claims to be the couple Morales waited on. A copy of a receipt attached to the email shows a tip of $18 added to the $93.55 bill, for a total of $111.55.
Another document that appears to be a highly redacted credit card statement was also attached and shows a charge for that amount at Gallop Asian Bistro on the date in question.
Morales received an outpouring of moral and financial support when the story went viral. Tips and donations were pouring in, from which she said she'd donate a portion to the Wounded Warriors Project.
The restaurant manager says they're conducting an internal investigation and that they are receiving hate calls.
The head of Garden State Equality says he hopes this was not a hoax because it just makes it harder for people with legitimate claims to be believed.
Wounded Warriors has not responded to a request for comment and attempts to call and email Morales have been unsuccessful.