I saw the original story, and shook my head.
Now… we learn it’s apparently another in a long line of false narratives in support of a certain cultural outcome.
Two weeks ago, the story of a gay waitress who said she was refused a tip by a New Jersey couple went viral…
But this week, a couple claiming to have been Morales’ customers that night contacted NBC 4 New York with seemingly irrefutable proof that Morales—or the restaurant—made the whole thing up: a copy of their receipt—with generous tip—that matches the total and timestamp of the receipt that Morales posted with a corresponding credit card statement.
“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said (she and her husband requested to be anonymous), adding that she could not have made the slash in the tip line because she’s left handed.
“Never would a message like that come from us,” her husband said, before noting that he and his wife support gay rights and refused to vote for New Jersey Governor because of his stance against gay marriage. “It’s a disgusting thing to do,” he added. “The restaurant profits from this, obviously Dayna profits from this. It’s fraud, it’s a scam.”
The couple came forward because of the donations Morales is receiving, a percentage of which she’s said she’ll donate 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.
When contacted by NBC 4, neither the restaurant’s manager nor its owner could produce the original receipt or explain why the family was charged $18 more than Morales claimed.
Thank goodness for actual journalists, who care about the truth!
This is one more reminder that we all need to be careful–and especially in this era of ‘viral’ stories on social media–about being suckered in to tales that too neatly fit the narratives we want to promote. We live in a day where too many people are like Pontius Pilate, scoffing at the notion of truth, in favor of whatever storylines support political victories.
[Yes, that caution is pointedly aimed back at me, too.]