Dayna Morales was gifted over $3,000 by Internet users who felt bad after hearing the story that she was stiffed on a tip by a homophobic customer. It was later revealed that Morales's story was almost certainly made up, but she still promised to give all that money to the Wounded Warrior Project. Now it seems even that isn't real.
Bridgewater Patch, a local news site, reports that the charity hasn't seen a dime yet.
A Wounded Warrior representative checking for donations by her name and the ZIP codes for Bridgewater, where the restaurant is located, and Bedminster, where Morales said she lives, was unable to find any matching donations.
Perhaps Morales is taking her time or something, but she hasn't offered an explanation. She has been keeping a low profile since since NBC New York uncovered that she may have been lying about the receipt. Just before Thanksgiving, NBC caught up with the couple who Morales served, and they had a credit card statement with a tip on it. Morales did not have an explanation.
In the days following that revelation, a few of Morales's alleged acquaintances went to the media and said she has a history of lying about things like brain cancer and being a Hurricane Sandy victim. Add the funds that Wounded Warrior has not received on top of that shady history and Morales's silence, and you can't feel good about how she got the money and where that money's going. Adding to her troubles, the restaurant where Morales works has suspended her until the investigation is complete.
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