Under very different financial circumstances, I joined a gym last winter.
The monthly rate was inexpensive enough for me to afford on my measly little hourly wage so I thought what the heck. Plus, a bunch of my girlfriends work out there so I’d get in an hour of sweat and gossip a couple of times per week.
Then, pay cuts happened. A salary that could , at one time, barely maintain a families living wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Concessions needed to be made.
So, I decided to cut out the gym. It made sense, too, because I’ve rarely gone since the beginning of summer. It’s now fall. Rid the membership and use the money for important things like groceries. Or mani/pedis.
I called Lifetime and spoke to a girl with a diaper voice. She told me that as long as I come in before the 5th of the month, I won’t get charged and my membership would be easily dropped.
So, I ran over to Lifetime today.
I tried to drop my membership after explaining the financial hardship our family is encountering.
They didn’t care, business is business. And…not only do I have to pay for this month but, according to my particular membership, I have to pay for November too.
The last day of November, the membership will be cancelled but feel free to use the gym until then because, well…you are still paying for it.
I just told this woman that this money needs to go towards groceries to feed my babies. And she pretty much told me “fuck you” they gym comes first.
I don’t think so.
Yes, it seems that Lifetime will be withdrawing my membership fee from my account today, against my consent and despite my request.
But next month too?
After there was a lady sitting on the other side of that desk (me) baring her financial woes and worries to the manager and a sales chick, there is nothing that can be done, fuck you very much?
Lifetime, you need to get with the economic times. If you have a member that is quitting because it’s more important to keep the electricity on in her house or she needs to feed her children, you need to start respecting that and revise your membership agreements. Fine, make the gym quitter bring financial woe proof…which, I have!
You’re just a bunch of money hungry, unfeeling, greedy bastards and I hope those $10 gyms put you out of business. Because that’s where I’m headed.
$10 is much more affordable. And if you want to quit, they don’t have any rules hidden between the lines.
YOU SUCK, LIFETIME.
Try to find my account in November when you go to charge me.