Waitress Dayna Morales. Source: Facebook
Waitress Dayna Morales. Source: Facebook

Gay waitress who raked in thousands sacked over tip hoax

A WAITRESS who raked in thousands after claiming a couple didn't tip her because she's gay has been forced to start giving the donations back.

The New York Post reports the New Jersey waitress was fired on the weekend after it was revealed it was most likely a hoax.

Dayna Morales, 22, worked at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, which became the centre of national headlines.

The waitress claimed the couple stiffed her on a $93.55 bill and left a note saying, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle."

The receipt allegedly said: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I don't agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life."

But the restaurant announced her termination on Facebook Saturday shortly after it was revealed she was returning donations from supporters across the world.

"In light of … recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant," the eatery wrote. "We wish her well in the future."

The former Marine's tale of prejudice began to unravel after the unnamed diners came forward with receipts showing an $18 tip.