Alem Fitness Center

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There have been several break-ins in lockers at this gym located in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The Gym Alem Fitness center is owned by Olympic gold medalist [removed]. Things ranging from laptops to expensive watches and most recently around $600.00 in cash were stolen from lockers.Several customers have also complained about duplicate keys and one key opening multiple lockers. management has not taken any action to solve the problem. The owner and the management of the facilities, instead of trying to identify the thieves and ensuring that such incidents do not happen have repeatedly blamed the customers for leaving items in the lockers. The owner of the gym has even stated to the customer who had the items stolen that he doesn't care about the $600. stolen from the customer rather he cares about the millions he has and might lose as a result of word getting out about the theft. The owner has also threatened to sue anyone who reports theft at the gym for defamation of character.
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Ponie on 07/31/2007:
Why would anyone, unless they have an IQ less than room temperature, put a laptop into a gym locker, remove a watch when you can work out wearing it, and also put in $600 in cash? If I have business to conduct after going to the gym and can't get home for my items, they're put into the trunk of my car. Before showering after working out, I retrieve my clothing from the car. Placing items of extreme value in a gym locker is asking for trouble--no matter who owns it.
runaway on 07/31/2007:
Ponie, this may be located in an Ethiopian (sp?) city where public transportation is the norm, and few members drive their own vehicles and may be stopping in after work. I still agree, though, that leaving that sort of thing in a locker is asking for trouble.
Ponie on 07/31/2007:
Hadn't thought of that, runaway. Good point.
trumania on 07/31/2007:
Most places have clauses in their user agreements saying they are not responsible for lost items or theft.

Not to mention, it's just not SMART to leave a laptop or $600.00 in a gym locker.

CrazyRedHead on 07/31/2007:
The gym has no responsibility to what is in the lockers, locked or unlocked, it is usually in the contract, I know it is in mine. It is not smart to leave valuables like a laptop in the lockers. I know there was a rash at a gym (can't remember where) of people getting things stolen out of locked lockers. They can't put video cameras in the locker rooms, I think that is illegal no matter where you are. The same goes for vehicles in the parking lot.
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