1. Bernie says

    this kind of story gives the gay community such a black eye, but worse is that the right wingers will grab onto this and never let go………this feeds into their warped belief system that gays are evil, etc………

  2. Neil says

    The headline says that Morales is refunding the money, but it’s far more likely that PayPal initiated the refunds. PayPal is always on the lookout for fraudulent transactions.

  3. Brian in Texas says

    If people are foolish enough to send their hard earned money to a stranger over the internet before the story has been verified and authenticated deserve to lose that money. Well intentioned or not.

  4. Randy says

    Bernie is right that it makes us look bad, but I think we’re a large enough part of the population that it should not be hard to remind others that people throughout society do bad things, sometimes in the name of some claimed good (all organized religion comes to mind… for a variety of reasons). Dayna’s also female, and looks white. Should these populations also be tarred with blame that belongs to her?

    What can get lost in this receipt business is that, while this particular one was a hoax, it was preceded by others which were real. There is a trend with tithing Christians denying tips to wait staff who are perceived to be gay or atheist, after excellent service. Some atheist customers have attempted to counteract this in a sort of way by tipping higher (e.g. “I give gods 0% so you get 30%”), all of this before the hoax.

  5. Merv says

    @Randy: How do we know whether or not any of the others are hoaxes? There was no time to vet them before they went viral.

    Remember the story of the Nebraska woman who was attacked in her home by masked invaders? That one even proceeded to a candlelight vigil before it was discovered to be a hoax. These hoaxes are very damaging to our credibility, so it’s not unreasonable that we wait until there is solid verification before we use them to trumpet the cause. It’s not like there’s any shortage of real and verifiable incidents available. In the case of the Nebraska woman, it smelled fishy from the beginning, but people who urged caution were shouted down.

  6. Brooklyn Reader says

    This is a sad case. She’s got problems. From what I’ve read, she seems to have a history of pathological attention-seeking. We need to remember that people are individuals first, and not representatives of entire groups. The press really helped her misbegotten hoax go viral, and that makes it much, much worse for her. This particular individual has a type of problem that’s found in all groups. I hope she gets help. And I hope the press invests a little journalistic effort now and again, instead of being so bloody credulous whenever a sensational lede presents itself.

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