Revenge for a Gym Membership Scam

Reddit user virinix says he was scammed by GoodLife Fitness back in the 90s. In brief, he signed up for a trial membership, decided to cancel, and canceled his membership before it began. Two years later, the trouble started.

I get a bill in the mail from a collection agency for $19,500. I called the gym, told them they made a mistake and I cancelled. They told me that in order for it to be official, you also had to mail in a written request to cancel, which ofcourse was not written anywhere in the fine print.

But it wasn’t just virinix. Somehow, the gym created a membership for his brother, too:

A week later, my brother, who had never once been to any gym, recieved a collection notice for $14k. My brother calls, and they tell him that I signed him up during my signup. I never even told them I had a brother.

They hired a lawyer, who helped convince GoodLife to cut it out. But that wasn’t the end of it.

Then approximately 6 months later, I recieve a $6k bill for having signed up 1 year previous. Basically they just went and signed me up again. After this, my brother called them out of the blue and found out they created another membership on his creditcard, as well.

Fed up with the system, virinix says he and his brother took matters into their own hands:

Anyways a couple weeks later, my brother’s boss tells him that the gym left 20 messages for payment. I started getting calls at my work as well. Me and my brother fucking had it. We went to the gym in the middle of the night, and smashed every single window on the place, and destroyed a fucktonne of equipment. It was fabulous. The gym closed down that very week. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

As I was reading, I was thinking that virinix and his brother probably had some pretty outstanding FDCPA claims. But then I got to the end. And you know, I think they are probably much happier with that outcome.

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