Initially, it seemed like a cut-and-dry case of a woman veteran experiencing an unthinkable act of hatred by the hands of a horrible patron. The story of Dayna Morales, a gay former Marine and New Jersey restaurant worker, quickly spread on social media and in the news as people were simultaneously appalled and quick to believe her story. As the STORY goes, a customer allegedly refused to give her a money tip but gave her a tip about the reason why. Morales put a picture of the receipt, with the written “tip”, up on the internet. As sympathetic people rallied around her with their words and money, she raised the stakes a notch by claiming she was going to give a portion of the money she was receiving to the Wounded Warriors Project.
But wait! Days later, the family came forward to NBC4 to produce their copy of the receipt that showed that a money tip had been left for Morales. Although the story UPDATE reports that the family said it “…shows they paid a tip and didn’t write any such note”, their receipt wouldn’t show the note part since it is not a carbon copy of the merchant copy. The family showed their credit card statement which showed the total charge, which included a tip. When called to the carpet by the news station, the restaurant manager and owner wouldn’t produce the receipt that would have shown what got written.
But wait! More days went by, and an investigation ensued. That’s when things got really interesting. A source in the Pentagon confirmed that she had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines. A previous co-worker of Morales was contacted, and reported that she had suddenly quit her job at some point after having told co-workers that she had brain cancer. Apparently, the chic thing to do these days is to use a real or imagined medical ailment in order to gain sympathy and monetary benefit. No one thought that this sort of thing was only going on in the DMV area, but the similarities between this story and the Proctor/Jareaux story in Maryland are striking.
Documents tell stories, and the ones that are proven to be false and fabricated tell an even bigger story. People tell lies for reasons. Some are better at the game than others. Great job to the family that called this woman out on her lies. Morales is now being quiet. With all eyes on her now, her silence is telling a story also.