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Damn gym membership

March 16th, 2007 at 07:29 am

My hubby and I got a gym membership 2 years ago. It was a 2-year contract - mistake No. 1 - that I didn't bother to read - mistake No. 2 - and the fee was directly taken out of my account every month - mistake No. 3.

I'm not doing very well so far, am I?

As you can guess, we went to the gym a few times a week and the first 2 months. Then it was once a week, and once a month. Before the first year ended, we weren't going anymore. But we signed a contract, so we sucked it up and let them take the $50 a month.

Finally... the last month was this January. I am happy. That is, until I see a withdraw for $19 a few days ago. The withdrawer was the gym. What? What happened? It turns out that the contract (yes, the one I didn't bother to read) had an automatic renewal clause. How surprising!

I called, said I didn't want my contract to be renewed. Ok, they'll cancel it, but no, they won't refund the $19.

To top it: I wasn't expecting such a fee this month. This happened on 3/13 and I get paid on 3/15, and there was not enough funds to cover the $19. So I got charged $30 for insufficient fund. They will not refund that either.

I called my bank (Sovereign Bank, not to name it). I have been a good customer for over 5 years and my account has been overdrawn maybe 3 times. I explain the situation. They won't refund the fee.

So I'm out $50 for no good reason.

Lesson learned: never EVER EVER sign up for automatic withdrawal or let anyone have direct access to your account.

4 Responses to “Damn gym membership”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    doh!!! i did the stupid 2 yr gym membership and got even less use out of it that you did... my rationale was that we got a discount through work... oh well, everyone has their schmo moments!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    All my life I've heard of people regretting gym memberships. Worse, I've heard stories of gyms collecting largish membership joining fees, setting up monthly pay in contracts, then selling off collection of payments to a third party. Then---the gym closes, leaving the clients out the joining fee and still obligated to pay, but with no gym to go to. I just think of for profit gyms as being among the common scam businesses. You've got to read those contracts and research the reputation of the gym and it ownership history. I'd rather go to a not-for-profit gym.

  3. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I gave them a credit card number back in the day! Also you can get out of those gym memberships with a doctors not many times. Sorry to hear about your misfortune.I would go to the gym for the month I paid and be a very needy client! They would give me the money to leaveWinkBig Grin

  4. veronak Says:

    that sucks, thank God they are willing to cancel the contract; some would not that is how they suck you in . I guess $19 is better than $50

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