A disabled gym user has made gym giants Planet Fitness sweat after urging members to join her in a huge legal case against ‘rip off’ fees.
Filmmaker Tara Rule, 31 – an actress from New York – took to TikTok to document her battle over trying to close her membership with the chain.
Tara told how she took her stand after she had been charged USD 3,000 (GBP 2,536) in fees despite cancelling her membership six times.
In her viral video, Tara claims she was forced to pay monthly membership fees through recurring payments automatically charged to her account.
Tara – who earns just USD 600 (GBP 507) a month from disability payments – explained her plight in the clip titled ‘Any Last Words?’
In the video, Tara plays what sounds like secret recordings of her talking to a Planet Fitness employee about her membership, her gym use, and her letters from the club.
Tara then asks to be deregistered from the gym once more.
She then gives a DIY guide on how to gather evidence and urges other disgruntled Planet Fitness members to join her in a class action lawsuit.
She told viewers: “Then what we’re gonna do is file a class-action lawsuit against them.”
She added: “Or Planet Fitness if you want to pay me back for all the money you’ve stolen from me over the years, from a disabled person, maybe I’ll take this video down.
“Otherwise, let’s sue Planet Fitness!”
Tara’s video has been viewed more than 812,000 times and received nearly 4,000 comments so far.
One user replied: “I literally had to get a whole new bank account because of this.”
While Netizen ‘Blo’ revealed: “When I worked for the bank, I placed hundreds of stop payments to permanently keep them out of accounts.”
‘WVPittieMom’ added: “I worked for a call center that fielded calls from BofA [Bank of America] and I did so many disputes against PF (Planet Fitness), especially during Covid.”
In an interview with Newsflash, Tara explained that all attempts to cancel her membership were unsuccessful until the TikTok video went viral.
She added: “I attempted to cancel the membership many times, but kept being charged.
“When I tried to resolve it by reaching out to the company in person, by phone, letter, and online, my efforts were unsuccessful.
“They did contact me once the video went viral. I am still trying to work out something with them but they are being very difficult.
“They did finally cancel my membership, but it took a viral video to get anyone from the company to reach out.
“Thousands and thousands of people have commented saying they have had the same experience as me, many of them have had even worse experiences with trying to cancel their membership.”
Tara also stated that she has been harassed by Planet Fitness employees since making the video.
She added: “I do also receive comments from current planet fitness employees saying really awful things to me, which I have presented to the company representative.
“The representative has not addressed the issue of employee harassment toward me.”