Woman on TikTok wearing a t-shirt in gym was told to ‘cover up or leave’

A woman has said she was told to cover up by gym staff as her shirt was “too short”.

TikTok user Alana said she was told by staff at the gym chain Planet Fitness that she was in breach the dress code and would need to cover up or leave after she turned up wearing leggings and a slightly cropped t-shirt.

If you want to take a look at her story for yourself, you can do so here.

Captioning the clip outlining the situation, which has been viewed over 100,000 times, she wrote: “Time to find a new gym.”

And reacting to it, people were baffled by the gym’s decision.

One person asked: “What’s their explanation? I see nothing remotely wrong.”

Another said: “That’s ridiculous.

“I wear a sports bra and short to the gym – you’re literally just trying to work out, what you wear shouldn’t matter.”

Another said: “Yeah, right there on the spot I’d tell them to cancel my membership.”

Alana responded: “They said my shirt was too short so I should pull my shirt down more and my leggings up more.”

According to Planet Fitness’ website, there is no specific ban on crop tops, but it says that it will ban outfits that could be perceived as “intimidating”.

It says: “We’re all for people expressing themselves, but do ask that clothing that may be perceived as intimidating, revealing, or offensive not be worn in the club.

“We also do not allow clothing that may present safety hazards or damage equipment.

“Examples of clothing that is not allowed include: open-toed shoes or sandals; mud-caked, greasy, or soiled shoes or clothing; jeans or pants with prominent grommets and clothing with messaging that a reasonable person may find offensive or otherwise inappropriate.”

A spokesperson from Planet Fitness said:

“We sincerely apologize for the unfortunate incident that took place at our Fairfield, NJ location. In this instance a staff member enforced a company dress code policy in error. We are working closely with the local franchise owner to reeducate our staff on current policies. We have also contacted this member directly to personally apologize and look forward to welcoming her back into our clubs.”

 

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