Gyms are even worse than we thought
Three well-known gyms have been kicked in the lycra-clad cods by the Office of Fair Trading for making it practically impossible to cancel membership, it was announced today.
Fitness First, David Lloyd Leisure and Bannatyne Fitness have been ordered to change their cast-iron contracts so that it’s easier for people who might be injured or poverty stricken to cancel their gym agreements.
Bannatynes, run by that well known Dragon’s Den cock knocker Duncan Bananatime, was one of the worst culprits, thanks to it’s ‘policy’ for chasing customers with scarily worded debt collection letters and misleading fake court orders if they failed to uphold their contract.
The OFT started making its investigations into gyms in 2012, and since then several companies have already made terms more flexible.
‘We welcome these changes from Bannatyne's, David Lloyd and Fitness First.’ Said the rather luxuriously named OFT spokesman Cavendish Elithorn. ‘As well as making contract terms clearer, the revised contracts also grant members, and prospective members, more flexibility'
Gym customers certainly will breathe a sigh of relief. Let’s face it, there are plenty of urgent reasons for wanting to get out of a gym contract, like not wanting to pay an extortionate fee to exhaust yourself on a sweaty treadmill next to other grunting lumps of lard.
Usually signed in the pie-addled delirium of January, they’re not really worth the paper they’re printed on anyway - and now we don’t have to fake our own death to get out of them.
Thanks, Cavendish Elithorn, you magnificent bastard.