Why is my gym so full of special snowflakes!? I love it there. It's a nice place!
BG: There is a lovely daycare center at my gym, but it's closed on Saturday. The gym has a "no one under 16 on the gym floor" policy.
Yesterday, I went to the gym and used the "annex" a recent addition full of cardio equipment that is so separated from the main gym that it's practically its own building. (My point being that the room is smaller and sound REALLY carries.) I was about halfway through my run when a woman came in with a stroller and put it in front of an elliptical machine. She started working out and within a few minutes, the baby in the stroller started SCREAMING. I mean, I could hear the baby crying over my iPod, which was on full blast. The half dozen or so people in the annex kept glancing over at the stroller lady, wondering (I assume) whether she was going to get off of her machine and take care of the baby. For about five minutes, she didn't.
I pulled out my earbuds and heard an older man stopped HIS workout and say to her, "Ma'am, you're not supposed to have children in here. Please take the baby out of the gym."
Stroller lady was highly offended and said, "Well, the daycare is closed! I didn't know the daycare closed! What am I supposed to do?"
Older man: "You go home and leave the baby with a sitter, or you come back when the daycare is open."
Stroller lady (who is still not getting off her elliptical or comforting her baby): "I have the same right to be here that you do! I need to use it more because I just had a baby!"
Another lady piped up, "Ma'am, I have three kids. And when the daycare is closed, I leave them with my husband or a sitter, so I can come to the gym. Because that's the gym policy."
Stroller lady: "Well, it's a stupid policy that discriminates against moms!"
At this point, someone on the gym staff overheard and asked her to take the baby and leave. He reminded her there is a "no one under 16" policy. How she managed to sneak the baby past the front desk, I have no idea. Anyway, she stormed out. I feel sort of bad because she obviously felt like she was being ganged up on. But her attitude didn't help.