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Woman booted from gym for baby bump

Pregnant Woman Says Her Belly Got Her Kicked Out Of Gym
A woman was kicked out of a South Carolina gym for wearing a belly-skimming tank top. Here's the kicker: She's 18 weeks pregnant.

Melissa Mantor says an employee at Planet Fitness gym approached her after she'd been on a treadmill for about 10 minutes and told her she needed to change.

She says this was the first day she went to the gym when her baby bump was actually showing.

But Planet Fitness' draw is a non-intimidating atmosphere where people at any level of fitness can go and not feel judged. That comes with a dress code.

The gym's corporate dress code does not mention shirts showing midriffs, but WCIV obtained a statement from Planet Fitness public relations saying this particular location has a policy against bare midriffs. Each franchised gym is allowed to enforce its own dress code.

KFOX reports still, that no-judgement policy backfired when it came to Mantor. She says she has never felt more judged or embarrassed about her body before.

Mantor cancelled her membership the next day and hasn't re-upped, despite Planet Fitness managers calling her with offers of free memberships.

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cowo26 April 26 2014 at 6:25 AM

Sounds to me like an employee felt his power for a while. Gender of the employee wasn't reported but I will give you odds is a women, jeolous of the fact that one of the gym's members is preggo and she isn't. Or if it was a man, he was thinking "this is a great way to show whose boss, neverr mind that this lady pays part of my salary." Either way it was a dumbass move and I don't blame Mantor. Personally I would sue for embarassment, humiliation and general mis conduct. By the way, I'm not a woman and I"m not pregnant. I have a short temper when it comes to wannabes, like that employee.

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mkovacs58 April 26 2014 at 6:42 AM

Ya know - a dress code is a dress code!! -No one wants to see my beer gut - what's the difference?? Just wear a shirt like you are supposed to.
Everyone wants everything there way - just go to Burger King.

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Joanne mkovacs58 April 26 2014 at 7:36 AM

No offense, big tummies don't bother me. But you probably have the option to reduce your "beer gut" perhaps by exercise or diet management. A woman who is pregnant cannot reduce the size of her abdomen when she comes to term and delivers (bye-bye, bump).

Just for giggles, in my location, one can see far too many people who are, for example, are grossly obese or lack minimal fashion sense (not to mention severely lacking in minimal hygiene) just by going to the national discount chain store.
And yes, by writing "giggles" I was being sarcastic; nothing funny about those folks. They might possibly be fabulous people, but... Well we ought not to judge a book by it's cover, as the saying goes.

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kensandler April 26 2014 at 6:26 AM

God our society is just getting pathetic. And not just because Planet Fitness is a poof excuse for a gym. So let me get this straight, We're not supposed to complain when we see a woman breast feed in public, yet a pregnant woman is not allowed to run on the treadmill? Pathetic.

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Hi Kayo kensandler April 26 2014 at 6:38 AM

Your comparison makes NO sense.

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shrodenas April 26 2014 at 6:03 AM

Really? This is "news"? Must be a slow news day. And yes, lady should dress appropriately.

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hellsmagnet April 26 2014 at 6:11 AM

AOL kicked out of the news business for trying to make a story out of anything .

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ponyhoney April 26 2014 at 6:27 AM

She should stop whining and follow the rules. And that comes from someone who had her babies at home with a midwife, breastfed until they could eat solid food, and thinks pregnant women are beautiful. The place has a rule that says no bare midriffs and that's that.

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gramargo ponyhoney April 26 2014 at 5:11 PM

Doesn't anyone look at the pictures that accompany articles? The one I saw certainly didn't show the woma wearing a bare midriff top......it came well below the "bump" actually.

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dlnrjm April 26 2014 at 6:01 AM

The gym personnel could have just told her about the policy and asked her to wear something different from now on. Most of the gyms I have been to would have been perfectly ok with this outfit. This shouldn't be news.

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Amanda dlnrjm April 26 2014 at 4:26 PM

"an employee at Planet Fitness gym approached her after she'd been on a treadmill for about 10 minutes and told her she needed to change. " So, they should have done exactly what they did?

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gramargo Amanda April 26 2014 at 5:02 PM

The point is that she was dressed according to their rules. Did they also tell other people with larger bellies than hers that they needed to change? If the rules had said no tank tops, they might have had a point on their side, but that's not what I've read about the rules.

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susandanielspi April 26 2014 at 6:39 AM

Follow the rules. No one is special.

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nordengto susandanielspi April 26 2014 at 6:51 AM

She looks like a troublemaker !

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gramargo nordengto April 26 2014 at 5:18 PM

Please look in the mirror! How, pray tell, does one tell a troublemaker from a photograph, especially one of an attractive person with a pleasant expression on her face?

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gramargo susandanielspi April 26 2014 at 5:17 PM

She did. Were other people with bellies told to "change" also?

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dwtomczyk April 26 2014 at 6:10 AM

how dare a pregnant work out (sarcastic remark)

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Hi Kayo dwtomczyk April 26 2014 at 6:40 AM

Comment is irrelevant...The article has to do with the fact that she did not follow the dress code. Read it again or have someone read and explain it to you.

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dwtomczyk Hi Kayo April 26 2014 at 7:29 AM

thats why the remark was sarcastic. look the word up.

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gramargo Hi Kayo April 26 2014 at 5:04 PM

But she did follow the dress code as far I could determine, since her top wasn't midriff baring in any way, and was exactly what she'd worn before.

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renshijak April 28 2014 at 6:55 PM

Wah,wah, wah! Rules are rules, next thing people will be coming in wilth big fat guts showing or 8 months pregnant So she quit and runs to the press...... sick

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