Gym Membership Revoked for Talking on the Cell Phone – Are we going too far policing others on politeness?
Tina Santoro Asmar of Boston took a phone call from her doctor while she was on the elliptical machine at Planet Fitness. According to Santoro Asmar, the call was unexpected so she did not step off the machine while she took the call, and she was “caught” by the gym’s manager.
As she was talking, she asserts that she was approached by a very hostile manager who told her to end her phone conversation or she would risk losing her gym membership.
According to Santoro Asmar, “The Planet Fitness manager’s reaction was extremely aggressive and threatening. It scared me. No one deserves to be spoken to in this manner. I spent two days trying to get in touch with corporate with no response.” (foxnews.com)
Conversely, the owner of the club claims that the member was the one behaving in an argumentative manner. Brian Kablik, co-owner of Planet Fitness said, “This is a member that’s had repeated issues and incidents with cell phone use. I can assure you that our manager would not be treating a member poorly. Her reaction, when she was approached in a professional way, was extremely unprofessional and rude and dismissive.” (foxnews.com)
Santoro Asmar states she did not want to unplug her iPad because it was hooked up to the elliptical so she opted to take the call while she continued to work out. She says she has now had her membership revoked due to the gym’s strict no cell phone rule in their workout areas.
While I have long been a proponent for personal consideration of others in public spaces in regards to cell phone usage, is it necessarily so more annoying to listen to a cell phone conversation than it would be to listen to a conversation between two people in a gym? I would say in a fine dining establishment, a theater, at work, those are all places where it would be inappropriate; but, at the gym, a conversation does not bother me, and society is becoming far too sensitive and too willing to police each other and too willing to be policed.