The Internet is going absolutely berserk because of this event. What happened you ask? A student at the College of Charleston, US, was kicked out of the official college gym because she was wearing a crop top and workout legging, which she specifically bought to use in the gym. Those are normal gym clothing's, and if you can't wear some yoga pants at the gym - what can you wear? I will review this story in detail below, check it out:
The student's name is Sarah Villafanewas, and this whole ordeal happened while she was the official college gym of the College of Charleston. She was just wearing a normal crop top, and some workout leggings when the instructor came to talk with her.
Since she had to leave the gym (she didn't have any other clothes to change into), Sarah took used her anger to write a Facebook post, detailing exactly what happened. The post became viral and thousands of people rallied behind her.
The employees at the gym had some weird word choice - they asked Sarah to get "full coverage" clothing in order to be able to train there. She didn't listen to them, and she continued her workout, baffled by what she heard.
In the opening of her Facebook post, Sarah writes: "So I just got kicked out of the College of Charleston student gym for wearing this outfit. Like not allowed to work out. This is the first time I EVER hear about something like this.
She was wearing normal gym clothes - I mean, if you can't train with those, what can you do with them? She writes "Not allowed to because of THIS OUTFIT THAT I BOUGHT SPECIFICALLY TO WORK OUT IN" to specifically illustrate this point.
Going to the gym was not her first priority that day. She went to different classes, and spoke with three different professors - and no one had the slightest issue with her choice of clothes. Yet, the gym instructors weren't buying it.
Sarah continues her long Facebook post by writing "But when I walked into the gym they asked me to put on a different shirt. Obviously, I didn't bring an extra shirt to the gym and wasn't about to wear my flannel while working out."
Even though Sarah tried ignoring the nagging gym instructors, they kept on. She says "So I just said mhm OK and went about my work out pretty p***** off that they even asked me to change." It was brave of her to not care what they would do next.
You won't believe what happened next - even though Sarah ignored the original staff member, sometime later, while she was in the back corner doing some ab exercises (smart move, Sarah), ANOTHER staff member came to have a word with her.
She told the second staff member, the same thing she told the first one - "I said, 'I have a shirt on." But they didn't accept this explanation, by saying that what she is wearing is not a shirt, because what they want is a complete shirt.
While talking with her, the staff member noticed that Sarah wasn't budging in her decision not to leave the gym. So he told her that they always have a boss around the gym, in case she doesn't trust the employee and wants to talk with the boss instead.
Sarah explains what happened next - "A few minutes later while I'm doing more workouts on the floor, the 'boss' comes up." What the boss does, is the exact same thing as the two other employees - he says he wants to see a "full coverage" shirt on her.
Since Sarah is rejecting even the boss's request for a shirt change, the boss says "He says, 'I need you to put on a shirt or I'm gonna have to ask you to leave." Wow, imagine getting asked to LEAVE the gym because your shirt is not large enough.
The boss kept repeating himself - either get a shirt on or leave, to which Sarah replied, "What is the issue? Why can't I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85 per cent male demographic that your gym serves?"
I admit it, I thought the story was going to have a happier end, but it doesn't. The gym won in the end, and Sarah had to leave without finishing her session. I'm sure that her Facebook post and the resulting virality is going to change the rules around the college gym.