Like a rotten sponge

August 5th, 2007 · 22 comments

By popular demand, Ellen in Acton, Mass. has sent in a photo of the note that appeared next to the one about spitting in the water fountain on her gym’s suggestion board…

Please stop using the towels to clean stations. I got on a treadmill and the towel smelled like a rotten sponge. Having them used again and again all day must be unhealthy. How about disinfectant wipes or just paper towels. THANK YOU!

The original “no spitting” note has since been taken down, Ellen says. “In its place was one saying that people should stop focusing on the negative since the gym and the staff were really quite good.”

Since then, she adds, “O have not noticed any lugies in the drinking fountain. Progress?”

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22 responses so far ↓

  • #1   pry

    there is no smell worse than that of a rotten sponge.

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   pry

    also i’m never joining a gym in acton, as they seem to be filthy, what with the rancid odors and spittle-infested drinking fountains.

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Arianna

    Pry, I’ve been going to my university’s gym for a year now, and you’d think it’d be worse since all the students get in free, but I can’t say I’ve noticed any of the problems people seem to complain about at their gyms. Weird.

    Aug 5, 2007 at 6:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Andy

    Ahhh, thank you.

    Though, I have to admit, it’s a bit anticlimatic. :)

    Anyhow, I think that the lugies were being caused by the staff, if the note is down, and coincidentally, a note saying how great the staff is went up.

    Rotten sponges and lugies, oh my!

    Aug 5, 2007 at 6:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Writer, Rejected

    I don’t think I could actually join a gym that didn’t offer disinfectant wipes at every machine. I’m hardly a germaphobe, but I do appreciate a sanitary policy backed up with a few bacteria-killing chemicals. The rotten sponge/fountain lugie gym is NFM.

    Aug 5, 2007 at 8:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Ellen

    Actually, it is a very nice gym. It’s clean and the staff IS great. Just too bad bacteria exist. The stink it up for everyone when it comes to sitting around. Maybe I’ll post your post about disinfectant wipes. Then again, someone might leave them in the water fountain and then where would we be.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Janey

    At my gym we have those spray bottles with disinfectant in them. Plus there are plenty of paper towels to use to dry the disenfectant off. I don’t think it costs very much, so it seems it would be an easy solution.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 6:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Brett

    Why does Global Gym even bother to have a suggestion box? In both this and the previous note, the response was somewhat less than what I’d consider “customer service savvy”…

    Reminds me of the scene in Desperado. “Oh, and your beer tastes like piss.”

    “We know, we piss in it. Why do people come in here?”

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   GhostWriter

    Every day is a metaphorical tight-rope walk over the seas of discovery for Global Gym’s Suggestion Box Senior Supervisor.

    His mission: Respond with agreement to reasonable complaints/suggestions, but phrase his responses in such a way that (a) condescends to the requestor, and (b) does not require him or the other gym employees to do anything whatsoever in response to the request.

    “You want sanitary towels? I agree- they are your right, but did you happen to notice that our gym is already stockpiled with them in the form of paper towels? No?! I didn’t think so…”

    “Stop spitting, you say? While I do not judge you, I must admit that your raising this issue, and asking me to do something about it, is a bit beyond the pale, don’t you agree? I mean, you don’t really expect me to put up a sign, do you? Really??”

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Ellen

    Not only are there paper towels, but there is spray disinfectant. Really, they do try. There’s even hand sanitizer on the front desk. Like I said, it’s a nice gym. With really great passive aggressive notes. I hope they let me keep going.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   DUH

    I agree with Brett…this gym should just get rid of the suggestion box. Heck, they specifically asked people to stop focusing on the negatives. What should they do? Suggest keeping up the good work? Suggest a pizza party?

    ….mmmmm pizza….

    Aug 6, 2007 at 11:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Fraulein N

    I’m just picturing this gym with a metal bucket in the corner full of day-old water and a rotten sponge, like we used to have back in grade school.

    (Apparently I went to grade school sometime around the turn of the 20th century.)

    Aug 6, 2007 at 11:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   ijRoberts

    This doesn’t really have much to do with the subject of PA notes, but every time I see these comments, I’m constantly reminded of “GloboGym” from the “Dodgeball” movie and can only imagine that GhostWriter’s analysis of their outlook is exactly what that gym would do.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 12:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Zsa

    The question we should be asking….

    He got on treadmill with a towel on it. Isnt that kinda like stealing someone’s chair at the beach?

    Maybe Mr. RottenSponge was busy hacking a loogie into the water fountain in between miles and this guy up and STOLE his treadmill. Had he waited another 15 minutes, I’m sure it would have smelled more like bad body odor. TOTALLY more acceptable.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 3:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Andy

    Hey! Wait a minute! This post is due to my popular demand! Woohoo!

    The best solution to this problem is stopping people from sweating. Having them work out in about 40 degrees (F) would do the trick, methinks.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 6:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   julia

    ijRoberts, I was just going to say something along those lines. Good to see I’m not the only one, lol.
    “Here at Globo Gym, we’re better than you. And we know it!”

    Aug 6, 2007 at 6:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Kai

    I was a janitor at a gym. Here’s how our system worked: we had spray bottles of disinfectant, and everyone had their own towel. They would wipe off the equipment, plus I would come by about every hour and clean the equipment myself. The towels would be deposited in a basket in the front, which I would grab and empty, throwing them into the laundry. After they were clean and fresh, I’d take them up to the front again. They really didn’t smell. Only the mats would smell, because the sweat kinda soaks in. (Sorry for that, gym users). Don’t get me started on the bathrooms. This was a nicer gym, but still… the messes people left behind.. I considered a few passive agressive notes myself, but before I could be clever enough I moved on.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Mishee bang

    didn’t we already get this one as a followup from the spitting one?

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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