Picture this scenario: people are working out at Planet Fitness, including one teenage girl. She is wearing an orange athletic tank top, one commonly found being worn in gyms. Next thing she knows, she is asked to either leave the gym or cover herself up. Apparently, her clothing choice is making people uncomfortable.
The seventeen year old girl, Allison Roth, chose to leave the gym and cancel her gym membership. Planet Fitness boasts that it is a “judgment free zone,” but Roth believes that what happened to her flies in the face of that claim.
Reflecting on the incident, Roth stated that “This obviously isn’t a judgment free zone and I’d like to spend my money elsewhere.” Who can blame her? She was just trying to exercise and reap the benefits of hard work, but was judged by her peers and the gym establishment. One thing nobody wants when they’re working out is to be judged.
Roth went to the internet to talk about her experience, and within 24 hours, the post had accumulated over 2,000 comments. Most of the comments agreed with Roth, saying that her tank top covered her appropriately, whoever there were some who took the other side.
Those who side with the perspective of the gym staff might make the counter claim that despite Roth’s opinions about her clothing, she was making people feel uncomfortable, and therefore she should have covered up for their sake. Maybe the other people working out had a valid point? What do you think? Who was right?