LA Fitness says three of its employees are not More in the company are after an African American claimed he and a friend were racially profiled in one of the chain's clubs  In a message sent by e-mail, the California-based Fitness International confirmed "that the three were involved in the incident the most closely involved employees are no longer with us. "
Tshyrad Oates posted four videos on Facebook on Monday This showed moments of meeting at an LA Fitness Club in Secaucus, NJ, which was shared 57,000 times. In a lengthy message, Oates accused the staff of falsely accusing him and a friend who was a club member of not paying, and then called the police
Oates' friend, who is unidentified, noted in one of the clips that "we are the only two black people in the gym. I've had issues with this staff for months on nothing." Every time, something new. "
Jill Greuling, executive vice president of the fitness chain, said in a statement that "regrettably … Our staff unnecessarily escalated and called the police instead of working through them.
The incident comes after two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after they were asked to leave because they had bought nothing to eat and drink  Read More: Starbucks Victims Expose, Request Their Arrests to Make Changes
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Their treatment has heightened attention to the bias that African Americans say they continue to experience in the shops that range from restaurants to retail stores. Starbucks has since said it will close all of its US-owned stores so its staff can complete anti-bias training.
The LA Fitness incident occurred on Monday. Oates wrote on Facebook that about 30 minutes after he met his friend and signed up with a four-day guest pass, a club employee told him he did not have to "walk or pay" for a friend, a member
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"My friend told her that he is an active and current member and that his tournament day was in his locker," wrote Oates. "He felt racially profiled and embarrassed … in front of other members of the gym."
The Philadelphia police released the emergency call, which led to the arrest of two black men accused of Starbucks trespassing to have.
Shortly thereafter, two police officers came and asked the men why they trained when they were not members. One of the video clips posted shows Oate's friend giving his membership tag to an employee for apparently being scanned again. But ten minutes later, Oates said, more police arrived, and a manager said he and his friend should have left, and were forbidden to ever return.
Oates did not respond to news and said in a Facebook post Wednesday: we will not be interviewing at this time, as recommended by our lawyers.
Fitness International's Greuling said that a woman who worked at the club's front desk, who felt the club member as a guest and was unaware of it, had already checked in, showing his membership card as needed.
"This is clearly a a longtime member, with a current, valid membership, "said Greuling." We want to make it clear that no membership has been canceled and nobody, we have spoken with the member to apologize and assure him that he and his guests stay in our Clubs are welcome. & # 39; & # 39;
She added that the company is currently "exploring" people's potential training content and opportunities to better educate our employees.
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