Remember that incident a few days ago in New Jersey where police were called to an L.A. Fitness location because the STAFF involved accused to black men of trying to use the facilities without proper memberships, where one was a MEMBER for 8 years and the other had a guest pass? Well those involved with this racial profiling have all been FIRED according to NJ.com.
L.A. Fitness has fired a manager and two employees at a New Jersey gym where two black men were kicked out Monday night in an incident captured on video and shared on social media, according to a salesman there.
An employee who answered the phone at L.A. Fitness in Secaucus told NJ Advance Media the manager who appeared in the video recorded by one of the men has been “removed from the company.”
The employee, a salesman who would only give his first name Josos, also said two women who were working that evening and badgered the men are no longer employees.
“I know the incident was really bad,” said Josos.
In a statement emailed to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday evening, L.A. Fitness said it has apologized to the customer and made it clear that his membership is still valid.
“Regrettably, our staff unnecessarily escalated the situation and called the police rather than work through it, ” the statement said. “Clearly, this is a long time member with a current, valid membership. We want to clarify that no membership was cancelled and no one, including the member’s guest, was banned from the club. We have spoken to the member to apologize and assured him that he and his guests are welcome in our clubs at all times.”
On April 16, Tshyrad Oates and his friend went to a LA Fitness in Secaucus, New Jersey. Oates was attending on a four-day guest pass and his friend was already a member for eight years. For some reason, the management at LA Fitness thought these two men were illegally be using the gym. According to Oates’ Facebook post, “After about a half hour I was approached by this same employee telling me that I had to leave or pay and I explained to her that I just signed in with her with the guest pass. She stated that it was my friend who did not pay (unaware that her manager had already signed him in with his membership pass). My friend stated to her that he is an active and current member and that his gym tag [sic] was in his locker. ”
His friend’s membership was rescanned and showed “current active statues.” Nonetheless, the authorities were called and five police officers showed up. Thankfully, the officers did not react like the police at the Starbucks in Philadelphia, but his friend’s membership was canceled. Tshyrad provided video, see below:
(More video HERE)
The IRONIC thing here is that the employees we see in the video appear to be in the minority as well. We have what looks like a Hispanic man and a lesbian FEMALE. You would think they would know FIRSTHAND what it’s like to be DISCRIMINATED against solely on the color of your skin , gender, or sexuality and not do the same to others. SMH.
Hopefully there will be some LAWSUITS filed and compensation rewarded. We will follow-up on this one. This clearly could have been handled better without calling the police. I have seen MANY PEOPLE (non-black) that actually DO misuse the GYM’S MEMBERSHIP policy and never get questioned. BUT that’s another story for another day.