Never ending contract
MOBILE, ALABAMA -- Oh my gosh---why didn't I read things like this before I joined this gym?? In January of 2003 I signed a two year contract with the gym and my $39 monthly membership was drafted out of my checking account. Even though I got a divorce and became a single mother during these two years, I never tried to get out of this membership because I had agreed to two years. Once the two years were up, I figured my contract was over, but after a couple of months, realized they were still drafting my account. I only realized this because I had opened a new checking account and had taken the old one down to just a few dollars before I closed it---and the drafts bounced. I found this out in April after I thought my contract was finished in January. I called the billing office to cancel my account, was told to go by the gym, get the cancellation form and fill it out and mail or fax it to the billing office. I did all of that---by this time it was May--and the billing office informed me that I had to pay the three months of March, April and May (the 26th, 27th and 28th months of my 24 month contract) before they would cancel it. I told them that I had fulfilled 25 months and would not pay another dime. I am now being harassed by a collection agency saying they want to take me to court, etc. Yes, I should have read the fine print, but whatever happened to the customer being right?? I feel that I am truly a reasonable person and if they had told me this when I signed up, none of this would have happened, but they didn't say a "two year contract, then month to month till you cancel"---they just said "two year contract". Yes, I obviously should have read the fine print, but they should also cover verbally what the contract entails, shouldn't they??