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Fitness for Women Complaint - Membership - Gym Membership

Review by GoAway on 2007-06-04
AUBURN, ALABAMA -- Okay so I entered a gym membership with Fitness for Women in which each month they would subtract $69.99 out of my bank account automaticaly. This contract was for 2 years (I found this out later). I moved shortly afterwards because of a family situation, and ended up about 300 miles away from the closest Fitness for Women. In their contract it was stated that a move of 50 miles or more and a fee would be needed to be given to void the contract. When I had called the company the lady told me that I needed to show proof of new address and send in a money order (she told me no checks) of $250.00 as a cancelation fee. I said okay and did just that and my mistake was to pay the money order with cash because the place where I made it at only allowed cash or debit (they wanted money right away). *I found out later the cancelation fee is $50.00 not $250.00 and the collection company says the $250 was for past due unpaid charges... But the fitness center kept taking out the money for 3 months after I submitted the information and when I had called about this the lady said that they were "in process" of the information sent and that "she would take care of it". So they took out the money again the next month... so I stopped payment on the account to them. I heard nothing from the fitness company after and assumed that everything was taken care of, but sure enough I was wrong. I was called in May and told by a collection company that I owe the fitness center $1800.00+ for breach of contract. I was told later that they never got my payment and that the contract is not void until they send me a letter of varifacation (this was the first time I had heard of such a letter) Now they are "taking me to court" ove the matter of the money... I have no clue what to do but as a student and a mother of 3 I don't have the money to go to court or pay another $1800 along with the money that they have taken.

I would like to know one thing though if anyone could help me, since I own nothing and I don't have a job (student loans paying for everything) can they sue me, and if yes what could they gain from it? (Money wise)
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-05-21
Posted by Sarah May on 2007-06-04:
Do you have the receipt for the money order? And do you have the initial contract? A bank statement will show any and all payments that were automatically withdrawn from your account to pay their monthly fee. If you have all of that information, you are more than okay. In fact, I'd countersue them if possible for the additional $200 that they charged you for illegitimate back charges and possibly for harassment. Good luck and thank you for the review.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-04:
Good comment Sarah May!

"GoAway" good luck and nice review!

After reading one horror story after another about these health club contracts I think I'll stick with the YMCA. No contracts and cancel anytime you'd like.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-04:
You can sue them if you had the money and they are taking advantage of you because they know you are a student. Just tell them you already have a lawyer and they will stop messing with you, and tell them he or she said that if they don't give the money back that your lawyer advised you to take them to court.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-05:
I must agree the YMCA is the best all around bet!

Good review, Goaway.
Posted by amberpvhs on 2010-01-04:
I am soooo thankful that I saw this revue. Was just about to sign a contract with fitness for women. THANKS
Posted by jamestopeterson on 2010-05-21:
I think we should also learn from this as I think this can happen to anyone else her nowdays not only these helps company but also other companys try to harrash poor people like goaway.I feel sad to read this story.!!!!

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