A woman in Michigan was recently booted from Planet Fitness because she was “behaving in a way that caused a “disruption.” This all started when the mother of two was changing in the ladies’ locker room and a man walked in and began to take his clothes off as well. She ran straight to the desk and told them that a guy was in the ladies locker room and that she was frightened.
The employees informed her that Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy, which allows people to pick locker rooms based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity” which meant that this man, who later said he identified as a woman, had every right to use the ladies’ locker room to change, shower etc.
The shocked woman shared this revelation, and Planet Fitness’ policy, with other women in the gym so that they would be aware of the situation..which the gym claimed caused a “disruption” to other members resulting in the cancellation of her membership.
All I’m going to say here is that businesses need to come to terms with this in a way that protects ALL of their customers not just emotionally, but physically as well. After reading about this, I had to ask my daughter what she would do if she was getting out of the shower in the locker room and a 40 year old man suddenly walked in. Is Planet Fitness seriously comfortable telling my teenager not to apply her “judgement” or follow her instinct in that situation?
I have no idea how to solve this issue , but my guess is that just like with everything else, we will all eventually lose. Gyms will probably be forced to close up all locker rooms and install single person, uni-sex bathrooms instead.