Photo Credit: KTVU.com
Imagine this — you’re on the treadmill for the first time at the gym you just joined when an employee taps you on the shoulder to say, “Excuse me, we've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
I know, we should all be so lucky.
Well, this is exactly what happened on Monday to a young lady named Tiffany Austin of Richmond, California. As reported by KTVU.com, a TV station that covers the San Francisco Bay area, Austin was wearing a crop-top that bared her toned tummy as she exercised at her local Planet Fitness. She didn’t mind covering up, so the employee walked away to grab her a t-shirt. Yet as she waited for this person to return, another staffer approached Austin and gave her the same you-gotta-cover-that-thing speech.
Austin found the manager, asked for a refund on her membership and walked out the door — hard abs and all.
So who’s in the right? Planet Fitness does have a policy what they refer to as “gymtimidation.” As stated on their website, their members can workout without being "subjected to the hardcore look-at-me-attitude that exists in too many gyms."
A spokesperson for the national chain told KTVU that their company "strives to make everyone feel comfortable" and says the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager. However, the spokesperson added that if Ms. Austin was condemned for her rocking physique, then that type of comment “is not in line with the Planet Fitness policy whatsoever.”
Here’s how I see it — Austin received a full refund from a whack gym and got chastised for being too hot. I’d call that a win/win.