I bet those are henna finger tattoos.
Unless you've been on a spiritual retreat in the woods for the past week, you've probably heard of Dayna Morales, the gay Marine waitress who posted a receipt on the blog Have A Gay Day claiming that a family left her a hateful, homophobic note instead of a tip because she was gay. And unless that spiritual retreat was on a really, really high mountain, you probably heard the epic backlash that occurred when the family came forward with their copy of the restaurant receipt and a credit card statement proving that this was probably not true.
Well, it gets worse. Dayna is a big ole' liar-pants, according to coworkers, high school classmates, and pretty much anyone the Jounal News asked about her. She once shaved her head and claimed it was brain cancer, before later backtracking and saying she shaved it to support a friend with cancer. She told coworkers at a day care center that Hurricane Sandy had wrecked her home and put a boat in her living room, apparently not thinking they would stop by to help and see that only the front door had been slightly damaged. "Any tragedy that happened, she had to be a part of it," said one former co-worker, "she needed sympathy and empathy."
This is the least-impressive scam I've ever seen. (Screengrab via NBC News 4 New York)
Here's the biggest doozy: she claimed to have had a terrible back injury that would require months of time off for physical therapy. Firstly, she claimed that the injury occurred from an explosion in Afghanistan that wiped out everyone in her platoon except for her. That's right. But, on to the surgery (for now): she did send a former girlfriend (at least she's actually gay) named Samantha Reidy photos of herself seemingly in pain before claiming she made a quick recovery. Then, and this is my favorite part, she stopped talking to her girlfriend to run off with another woman to Florida where they took lots of vacation photos, before coming home and getting married to this other woman. Reidy says now that Morales "lies about everything," although to be fair so do many ex-girlfriends.
Here's the thing: Morales never served combat duty in Afghanistan. LCpl E-3 Dayna Morales served as an administrative specialist in Newburgh, NY, aside from a stint in Romania in the Black Sea Rotational Force. She also "did not fulfill her reserve obligations," although no further details are available. Hey, I'm not saying I even have what it takes to be an administrative specialist in the Marines, but I sure as hell wouldn't say I had, let alone say I was in Afghanistan.
The reason this is all so horrible is that Dayna's story brought her a wealth of donations from people all around the world, and she pledged to forward some of it on to the Wounded Warrior Project. Somehow I doubt she followed through on that promise. Having a compulsive lying problem is bad and there are probably some deep psychological problems here, but once you reach the stage of fleecing people who care about equal rights and wounded soldiers, the anger reaction is much larger and more justified than the "let's find you some help" impulse.
Anyway, go read the new story over at the Journal news, watch the video below, or read our previous stories (here's the original, gullible coverage of her lie, and here's the story about how the family reached out to disprove it). Or go have a great Thanksgiving and be happy you don't know Dayna Morales.
(by Johnny McNulty)