TikTokers outraged after woman told to 'cover up or leave' gym over shirt

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A woman has revealed staff at her local gym allegedly told her to 'cover up or leave' because her T-shirt was 'too short'.

In a video on TikTok, user Alana shared an image of the outfit she was wearing - a red cropped shirt from Rutgers University, New Jersey - adding: "Planet Fitness employees telling me this outfit broke their dress code".

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Alana claims she was told to 'cover up' in this gym outfit. Photo: TikTok

The clip, which she captioned, "Time to find a new gym", has since been viewed over 180k times.

In it, she posted a mirror selfie to show she wasn't revealing any skin, also saying: "If you don't like me that's fine, but watch your mouth."

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In a subsequent comment, Alana elaborated: "They said my shirt was too short so I should pull my shirt down more and my leggings up more."

The Planet Fitness website doesn't specifically state a rule about crop tops, but anything deemed "intimidating" will be banned.

"We're all for people expressing themselves, but do ask that clothing that may be perceived as intimidating, revealing, or offensive not be worn in the club," the website reads.

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The clip sparked plenty of comments with one person slamming the incident as "ridiculous".

"That's ridiculous. I wear a sports bra and shorts to the gym - you're literally just trying to work out, what you wear shouldn't matter," one person commented.

"What's their explanation? I see nothing remotely wrong," was another comment.

While a third wrote: "Yeah, right there on the spot I'd tell them to cancel my membership."

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People thought the incident was 'ridiculous' in the comments. Photo: TikTok

A spokesperson from Planet Fitness has since apologised for the "unfortunate incident" in a statement.

"In this instance a staff member enforced a company dress code policy in error. We are working closely with the local franchise owner to reeducate our staff on current policies," they said.

"We have also contacted this member directly to personally apologize and look forward to welcoming her back into our clubs."

Woman 'embarrassed' after being asked to leave gym

It comes after a similar incident saw TikTok user @shelby.bellz break down in tears in her car after she was asked to leave her gym over the sports bra she was wearing.

In the now viral clip, Shelby said she believed it had more to do with her size than what she was wearing, saying "I'm so embarrassed".

The video sparked a heated debate between Shelby's followers, with many sharing their support for her, but others standing by the gym's right to have a dress code.

However, in a subsequent video, she explained the situation further to reveal why she believed it was "problematic" and an instance of "fat-shaming".

“The dress code is what it is, I can’t change that, whatever," she explained, going through two key issues she had. “But number one is how the lady at the front desk spoke to me. I said, ‘Oh we’re not allowed to wear a sports bra?’ And she said, ‘Well we can’t just have our bellies hanging out,’ in a belittling tone."

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