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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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dubricus April 26 2014 at 11:26 AM

It is fair that each Planet Fitness can set its own dress code. What is culturally acceptable in a California beach town might not be appropriate in Provo, Utah or Amen Corner, Kentucky. Planet Fitness also has rules concerning behavior - no body-building types who grunt, power lift, etc. Looking at it from the body-building POV, I suspect the no bare midriff may actually have more to do with avoidance of proud display of abdominal musculature than it does baby bumps or regional culture. I would assume that when Ms Mantor joined, she was given a list of rules. Polite behavior would have been when advised of the rules by the employee (whom I home tried to do it politely & discretely) would have been to say, "Sorry. Didn't realize" & to have covered up.

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estephenhartsuck dubricus April 26 2014 at 11:38 AM

Totally agree. I know it has more to do with the inconsiderate body builders who spend most of their gym time jeering at those without their physique. Unfortunately, everybody seems to think they're special and the rules don't apply to them.

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captdj123 April 26 2014 at 7:37 AM

take the free membership and enjoy it

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aenearainbow April 26 2014 at 9:38 PM

Whatever it is just stupid there have been more than enough reports of dress code in gyms. They should tell them dress code when they sign up and not make drama about it

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guymed03 April 26 2014 at 7:44 AM

News? A whole segment of video and 1/2 second of it was a glimpse of the issue. And the issue is a business disagreement. Wonder how this got on here in the first place...

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James April 26 2014 at 3:05 PM

I can remember reading an article maybe a year ago where a staff member was supposed to have ask a young woman who was wearing a pair of shorts...[Not Daisey Dukes either]...while using the treadmill, to put on some sweat pants because this woman legs were too muscularly defined and toned...as if she did a lot of squats. I think unless you're an average size person with NO prominant muscular features, if you join Planet Fitness...be prepared to cover up or leave because the staff is going to accuse you of intimidating the ot the other patrons....

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starthrower50 James April 26 2014 at 3:29 PM

So much for their "no judgement policy", huh?

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tkshamrock13 April 26 2014 at 9:52 PM

And they can't even spell judgment right!

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wlh1923 tkshamrock13 April 26 2014 at 10:20 PM

Yeah but you nitpickers sure can

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baron1980 April 26 2014 at 7:08 PM

Imagine how the plumbers must feel...

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JOE MYLOVE April 26 2014 at 10:52 PM

That was very bad.

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mikemaj82 April 26 2014 at 11:34 AM

This is the second planet fitness member kicked out of their gym in what, 2 months? Don't these people see the commercials? No lunks!

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OSHP367 April 26 2014 at 7:54 AM

And she ran straight to the Internet......the lawsuit comes next.

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dmfischetti OSHP367 April 26 2014 at 9:43 AM

All PF has to do is produce the contract listing all the rules of that particular gym with her signature agreeing to abide by those rules.

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