(BRIDGEWATER, N.J.) — A New Jersey waitress and former Marine says she was “offended” after a customer left an anti-gay note on a check in place of a tip because she is a lesbian.
Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., said a family dining at the restaurant Wednesday night skipped the tip on their $93.55 bill and scribbled an explanation why.
“It says, ‘I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life,’” Morales told ABC News station WABC-TV Thursday.
Morales, who has been waiting tables on and off for 10 years, said she never told the family she was gay when she introduced herself.
“Normal introduction, ‘My name is Dayna. I’ll be taking care of you.’ Right away the mom looked at me and said, ‘I thought you were going to say your name was Dan,’” Morales said.
After she served the family their meal without further incident, she discovered the note on the bill. Morales sent a picture of the receipt to the “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page, where it has since elicited more than 2,000 comments.
“I was rather offended, mad,” Morales said of the incident. “I didn’t know how to react to that. I never thought that would ever happen.”
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