A LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey, called the police on a black man even though he was a member.
The unidentified black man filmed the incident, and his friend Tshyrad Oates posted four videos on Facebook.
In the fourth video, the gym manager terminates the black man’s gym membership.
The black man asked the police officers what he did to justify having his membership terminated, and a cop stated: “I don’t have the answers for you.”
LA Fitness has not issued a statement on the incident.
Along with the videos, Oates posted a description of how the incident played out. Oates notes that he was using a guest pass while his friend was a member:
Went to LA Fitness In secaucus to workout with my boy. I signed in under a 4day guest pass and he was already at the gym and a current member of the club.
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 was in his locker.
He felt racially profiled and embarrassed by the harassment of this La Fitness employee in front of other members at the gym.
We continued our workout and next thing we know 2 police men show up questioning us on why we were their with no memberships, we explained to them about our guest pass and rescanned my friend’s member tag and it resulted in current active statues.
(The La Fitness employee did look at the computer screen that showed current member status and said nothing.)
We again started our workout and 10 mins later an La Fitness manager told us to leave, we stated that we did not do anything wrong and have active current memberships. 2 mins later 5 police men show up asking us to leave.
This La Fitness manager who refused to give us his reason to kicking us out, and refused to give us his name stated that I was banned from the gym and my friend’s gym membership has been terminated effective immediately. This is ridiculous and the last video sealed the deal.
(Source: Tshyrad Oates/Facebook)