Lying Waitress Fired, Forced to Return Donations
The New Jersey waitress who lied about receiving an anti-gay "tip" from a pair of local patrons has officially been let go from the restaurant where the controversial incident allegedly took place.
Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater released a statement on Saturday saying Dayna Morales will "no longer continue her employment" at the restaurant.
The statement went on to claim the decision to terminate their relationship was mutual.
Despite the outcome, Gallop's owners say their investigation was "inconclusive," and that "despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter."
The statement was made one day after Bridgewater Patch revealed that Morales had not made good on her promise to donate the thousands she received from supporters to help wounded vets through the Wounded Warrior Project.
According to NBC New York, that same day Morales reportedly began refunding payments made to her PayPal account, set up in the aftermath of the now-debunked incident.
At least three people told NBC 4 they had been refunded their donations, but one person who sent in cash said he had not had his money returned.
Many people also stopped by the restaurant to donate to Morales in person, and she reportedly accumulated over $3,000 before the hoax was discovered.
No word on how much of that money has been returned to date.