A member of a Planet Fitness club in Florida says he was told to leave the club because he was wearing an anti-abortion T-shirt.
Another member at the Planet Fitness in Orange City, FL, was uncomfortable with the message depicted on a T-shirt worn by 70-year-old Mike Amoroso, who was told to change shirts or leave, Orlando TV station WFTV reported. From WFTV:
"[A Planet Fitness employee] told me, 'I am very sorry. We have someone who is not happy with your shirt. Someone is offended by your shirt,'" said Amoroso. "I said, 'You know I wear them all the time.' She said, 'You'll have to leave,' and I left."
Amoroso, who has a collection of anti-abortion T-shirts, wore a similar T-shirt to the club the next day, but that shirt also was deemed too offensive, according to the report.
A spokesperson from Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, told Club Industry: "At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone. The majority of Planet Fitness clubs, including this location in Orange City, FL, are owned and operated by individual franchisees. The dress code policy is enforced at the discretion of club staff and the local franchisee."
This isn't the first time a Planet Fitness member has left the club because of attire deemed too offensive. In March, a California woman was told her tank top—which bared her stomach—violated the club's dress code. The woman eventually asked for a refund and left the club.