Dayna Morales, the NJ waitress who has been accused of lying about the anti-gay note she received from two customers, has reportedly started to refund some of the $3,000 in donations that came flooding in from sympathetic supporters.
Brittney Stilgenbauer of Tuscon, Ariz. was one of hundreds of supporters across the country who immediately rallied around Morales after reading her story on Facebook. She told NBC 4 New York over Skype Friday, "I felt awful for her, and I thought it would be great if people could come together and donate a dollar each and make up for her tip that she lost."
Over three weeks later, on Friday, Stilgenbauer received another email from PayPal informing her that her $1 donation to Morales' account was refunded.
Two other people told NBC 4 New York in phone interviews they also saw their electronic donations refunded. However, one man who mailed cash to Morales at the restaurant said he has not gotten the money back.
Morales had promised to donate the funds she received to the Wounded Warrior Project but the group has said they have not found any evidence of any such donation.
Earlier this week, New Jersey 101.5 interviewed Morales' boss at Gallop Asian Bistro restaurant:
Restaurant CEO Jack Yang told New Jersey 101.5 earlier this week that Morales set up the PayPal account and he does not know what became of donations submitted to it. Other donations sent to the restaurant are being held pending its investigation into the matter. In the meanwhile, Yang said, Morales remains on the payroll but not on the work schedule because threats have been made against her and he believes she would be in “danger.”
Watch a WNBC news segment about the refunds Morales has started to issue, AFTER THE JUMP.