The Planet Fitness chain of gyms promotes itself as a “judgment-free zone.”
That approach to controversial social issues already has prompted at least two legal challenges, and now it’s been cited by a third patron.
The member “stripped naked” before starting his exercise routine.
In the previous incidents, a man went into the women’s locker room and created conflict with women.
In the latest incident, reported WABC-TV in New York City, Eric Stagno, 34, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was arrested at the Planet Fitness in Plaistow, New Hampshire, because he wasn’t wearing any clothing.
He was charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct.
The report said he told officers “he thought he was in a ‘Judgement (sic) Free Zone.”
Police said Stagno was walking back and forth and started doing poses on a yoga mat.
He’s out on bail and scheduled for arraignment Sept. 21.
In one, the Leesburg, Florida, Planet Fitness terminated the membership of a “Mrs. H” because she complained about a man in the women’s changing room.
Liberty Counsel pointed out in a letter to Planet Fitness it was not the only complaint against the man, Jordan Rice. Another woman claimed “he exposed his naked body to her in the woman’s locker room at this location.” In another instance, he argued with a woman over use of the tanning room.
When Mrs. H. encountered Rice in the locker room and asked him to leave, he “smirked back at her, and continued to stare at her, remaining standing in front of the mirror ‘applying makeup,’ where he had a full view of every single woman entering or exiting the shower area.”
Rice later transferred his membership to another Planet Fitness, Liberty Counsel said, but Mrs. H was deprived of her right to use the facilities and was sent a cancellation notice.
Planet Fitness did not respond to WND requests for comment.
Liberty Counsel said Rice, “incredibly,” called police “to falsely report that he had been ‘sexually harassed’ by Mrs. H.”
“He can be heard on his 911 call, following Mrs. H across the parking lot of the establishment, over into the next parking lot, calmly relaying to the dispatcher his and Mrs. H.’s appearances, a description of Mrs. H.’s vehicle, and the direction in which she was headed.”
No police report was filed.
Liberty Counsel said Planet Fitness “is committing consumer fraud by failing to disclose, and failing to render in writing, policies permitting access of opposite-sex individuals to places where women have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
And its actions violated several Florida laws, including the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, the letter said.
Liberty Counsel demanded Planet Fitness restore the woman’s membership, revise its policies to restrict access to the women’s lockers or add a notice to its contracts and its locker room doors declaring “there is no expectation of sex-based privacy within Planet Fitness.”
At a Planet Fitness in Michigan, Yvette Cormier also encountered a man in the women’s changing room, complained and had her membership terminated.
The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to address Cormier’s allegation that the termination violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.