A Reddit Users shared their frustration over the emails they received from their gym when they tried to cancel their gym membership in a post that is now viral.

u/TheGeekThatStoleTech post a screenshot of the reported email they received from Blink Fitness on the popular Reddit forum “Mildly Infuriating,” where it’s received 65,000 votes since it was shared Wednesday.

The message contains information about what it takes to successfully cancel their Blink Fitness membership, including proof of relocation.

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Above, a stock image of the equipment in the gym. Reddit users shared their thoughts on an email detailing what gym members need to provide to cancel their membership.
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To 2021 report by IHRSAGym memberships were frozen or canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in revenue dropping 58 percent, while fitness clubs closed 17 percent.

In 2019, members paid an average of $52 per month for fitness club memberships, while two in five members paid less than $25 per month.

“How far will you move from the flashing location?” read the line from the top of the email received by u/TheGeekThatStoleTech. According to their website, Blink Fitness has locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

The message continues and asks for proof of relocation, member ID and their membership email.

“Legal evidence of relocation will include a lease agreement, utility bill or newly issued driver’s license,” the message said.

Upon receipt of the required documentation, the email said they would “further assist.”

According to the websiteBlink Fitness cancellation policy may vary based on different membership agreements.

If someone signs up with a 12 month commitment, they must provide notice before canceling their membership. There are some exceptions where a member can cancel their annual membership without paying a purchase fee.

People can also choose to pay for a “monthly/no commitment membership agreement”, which also requires notice before cancellation.

“When you cancel, you will be asked to pay a prorated amount for the notification period,” the website says.

Some cancellation exceptions include members who are unable to physically receive services because of a “significant physical disability”, which requires a signed letter from a doctor, or if the member moves to a new area where they are more than 25 miles from the health club operated by Blink Fitness.

‘Not Their Fucking Business’

In the comments section, u/TheGeekThatStoleTech says that they pay for membership month by month.

Fellow Redditors shared their thoughts in the comments section, some of whom said they had a similar experience.

One person said they tried to cancel their own gym membership but continued to be charged for two months until they returned.

“Then they said they had no record of my leaving, so I went to my bank and blocked payments from them,” they wrote.

“I’m having a hard time canceling it too,” another Redditor commented. “You have to do it in person or write a letter.”

“Why is every gym so stressed when people cancel?” asked a Reddit user.

“They make money from people who join but don’t show up,” one commented.

“Tf? That’s none of their business,” another Redditor commented. “Simply stop paying on whatever card you’re using and tell them to bow.”

News Week contact u/TheGeekThatStoleTech and Blink Fitness.

Another story about a previous gym membership has gone viral.

A woman shares a video in which he accused Planet Fitness of stealing his money after he canceled his membership six times.

Another girl posted a video and said that an employee at Anytime Fitness refused to cancel his membership until he had attended a private training session.

One Reddit user said in a viral post that instead of receiving a raise, they were told by their boss that they should cancel their gym membership.

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