Remember when Steven Crowder changed his gender identity and filmed himself going into a Planet Fitness last year? Well this isn’t the same video.
A man named Rodney Davis posted a video of he and his wife confronting a general manager of a Planet Fitness gym was posted to Facebook on April 26th, but the confrontation apparently took place on April 24th.
Davis had purchased the membership as gift for his wife only to later learn the gift could be putting her safety at risk due to the Planet Fitness locker room and bathroom policy. Davis was concerned for his wife as that policy enables anyone ‘identifying’ as female to use the women’s facilities.
From the conversation in the video, it appears that Planet Fitness hope paying customers will police the bathrooms and report anything ‘suspect’ or ‘suspicious’. That policing, of course, assumes unless they’re being assaulted and can’t report it.
Davis confronts the general manager, apparently named Meagon, about the fact this open bathroom policy was no where in the contract he signed for his wife’s membership.
At one point, the General Manger (GM) states that it’s Planet Fitness policy that they can verbally change any policy at any time and that those becoming members acknowledge that when they sign a contract with them.
Watch the video HERE.
GM: “What, um, our policy says is you can go into the bathroom of your gender identity. If there’s suspicions.. like say a guy that we feel is going in there under false pretenses we have every right to call the authorities…. and.. and let them know.”
Davis’ wife: “So you’re saying they should be looking like the person that they claim they are?”
GM: “I they are identifying themselves as a woman and they’re going in there but if say you go in there and there’s something suspicious about this person going in, all you have to do is come up to myself or my assistant manager Cody or any of the staff members and we can alert our regionals and proper authorities if necessary.”
Davis: “Wouldn’t you consider a man going in there suspicious already?”
GM: “Well, I mean, I can’t judge or…anything I just go on our policy. And our policy for Planet Fitness is that if they … if you identify yourself as a female or a male you can go into that room.”
Davis’s wife: “Alright so…I walk in and he walks in there behind me (gestures to husband) looking like he looks but he says, ‘I identify as a woman’, then what?”
GM: ” I mean…I’m not exactly sure. Like I said… I mean, transgender.. I can’t really answer .. you know, all I can go by from Planet Fitness is that that’s our policy. If you identify as yourself as a female then you know.. like…”
Davis’ wife: “So it’s based on their words?”
GM: “It’s based on their genner… gender identity.”
Davis’s wife: “What they say.”
GM: “If you’re going to pronounce yourself as a female, if they have a female name, if they have — you know — a female presence then they can go into the female….”
Davis: “So you’re saying I can self identify myself today as Meagon the general manager and fire you?”
Davis: “But really, you don’t know me very well and you do a background check and I’m actually a pedophile. And then I go in there [ladies room] and do something to something to a child and then now it’s on you. And my problem was I got her this membership. And I… there’s no where in your policy that states… even your bathrooms clearly state ‘male’, ‘female’, correct?”
Davis: “And now I feel that I’ve let her [his wife] down and you all didn’t hold up to your standard of your policy of making people feel comfortable because she’s not comfortable and I’m doing the policy… I’m using it as an example.”
GM: I understand, but..”
Davis: “Here’s my.. here it is — you didn’t tell me that when I got the membership. So her safety was jeopardized because she knows very well anyone can go in there and do something.
Davis’s wife: “and say, hey I am whatever…”
Davis: Because a pedophile is looking for any kind of way to… you could get in there tomorrow and just stand there and look at naked women all day and you can’t do nothing about…. If I’m… good at what I do. But my point is you…”
Davis’s wife: “So the point is that it’s not discouraged… in your policy and your bathrooms are not marked.”
GM: “well in our policy it does state that we can change our policy verbal at any time and you’re signing to that policy.”
Davis: “But there’s no policy that I’m signing. Your policy… I mean we’re talking common sense here.. your bath… there’s no, there’s nothing on your policy that mentions anything about a bathroom or locker room. I mean, anyone can say anything anytime of the.. at any time.”
Davis’s wife: “The biggest thing is the policy is talking about non-judgmental and being comfortable in your environment. And so that makes me feel very uncomfortable.”
GM: “I understand.”
Davis’s wife: “The other consideration we see is taking account of is a woman who has been raped or assaulted.”
GM: “I completely understand.”
Davis’s wife: “And so that would make that woman feel super… and so I think that there needs to be some kind of way to notify people so that we are informed completely that… that you guys are ok with this — that type of person going in there.”
GM: “I understand but all I can do is for the policy — our contract states that we can verbally change our policy or write it. I understand you guys are frustrated and that you guys are worried and I know your concerns and the only thing I can tell you is you can contact my regional if you like and talk and discuss with them. There’s nothing much I can do on my end.”
Davis: “Can I get a refund on my membership?”
GM:“That’s something they would have to… you would have to discuss with my regional because I can’t make that umm decision.”
Davis asks for name.
GM: “I can write that down for you that’s not a problem. Let me get you… yeah, I have my card up here.”
Davis: “I want to talk to her.”