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Fittingly Mad: A Band-Aid in the Shower at the Gym

One reason I picked the gym I go to is because I felt it was clean. Cleanliness, when it comes to the gym, especially in the locker room, is pretty important to me. Well, I think that I may have been duped by my gym. Here's why:

At the gym I use the same shower each time because it has the best water pressure, weird that I know that, but I do. In the past month or so I have noticed that there is a used band-aid wedged into the corner of the shower and it's always there.

Two things about this annoy me. First of all, who doesn't have the common courtesy to throw their used band-aid out rather than sticking it in the cracks of the shower? Who does that? Second of all, why has my gym not removed the band-aid yet? I feel bad because I've been tracking it, rather than being the bigger person and actually doing something about it myself. I know I could pick it up on my own, but I am so grossed out by it that I don't think I could physically do it without throwing up. Here's the thing - I'm going to tell someone at some point, but I was just waiting to see how long it would go. Plus, I am thinking about using it as evidence for when I call them out on not cleaning the locker rooms thoroughly.

All I ask is a clean place to clean myself, is that too much? People (aka, me) pay good money to use that gym and a clean shower is something that I think we can all expect.

So I'm torn, but most of all, I am annoyed. What would you guys do about the gross band-aid that's been in the gym shower for at least a month? Pick it up? Tell someone? Take time lapsed pictures? Quit the gym? Please help!


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I stopped using the bathroom at my local Target Store because I noticed that every time I went in there, which was every week, there was a tampon shoved under the paper towel dispenser. WEEKS went by, and I actually told someone, still nothing. I just don’t go in there.
Jivespeaker Jivespeaker 9 years
Report it - that is NASTY! You wouldn't think twice if that was a sanitary napkin or... worse. :) And it's pretty much the same thing, just smaller. I quit my last gym when I saw some kid spit into the pool (not water - a mouth-full of snot) when I was swimming. I got out immediately. Totally gross. :(
HeatherLH HeatherLH 9 years
I hate how people behave in the gym. I go to a very expensive gym, partly for the reason that I want it to be clean. And though the cleaning crew actually do an excellent job I'm disgusted almost on a daily basis by people's behavior. Like hair in the shower. I'm sorry I wouldn't leave an enormous hairball in the shower at home, why would I do it in the gym? I think you should fill out a complaint. Also, if I were you I'd be watching to make sure I see the cleaning crew around. At my gym, I recognize them as much as I do the trainers.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I'd let the manager way would I pick that up myself. My gym is right down the street so I usually just shower at home because I'm too much of a germaphobe to use the public showers. My gym is brand new but I still can't do it!
fleur85 fleur85 9 years
I agree with bizzybee and others; definitely tell a manager, not just the kid at the front desk. Make sure you tell them that you joined the gym because you were looking for someplace hygenic, and the fact that this bandage hasn't been cleaned up for a month is simply unacceptable. If they're that lax about cleaning the showers, can you really trust that they clean the machines regularly? The yoga mats? Make sure your concerns are listened to and addressed. Good luck!
haute77 haute77 9 years
I would talk to the manager of the gym and ask them how many times a day they clean the bathrooms and at which times. If you come back and it's still there, they are lying. My gym is usually clean but one time it smelled so badly and there was hair everywhere. pretty disgusting so i just decided to leave. there is no reason to pay money for subpar bathrooms in a public gym. no excuses.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Here's what I'd do: Put on a rubber glove and pick up the band aid. Take it to the front desk at the gym and say "I found this in the shower in the locker room. It's been there for over a month. I'm curious as to why your custodial staff has missed it for all this time. Are they this lax about cleaning the rest of the gym?" I guarantee you that'll get you some action. Or at least, it better. If it doesn't, I'd find a new gym.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow, that's really gross. I can understand the band-aid getting there in the first place. I mean sometimes when you get wet, you don't notice them slip off. But staying there for a month!? :O I would definitely talk to the manager. Is yours a 24 hour gym? I wonder if the cleaners get much time to clean the bathrooms or if they're having to work around people in the locker room? :O Ick. I wonder what else isn't getting very clean?
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
That is just so gross & nasty! Do not pick that thing up. A month & no cleaning of the shower stalls? I don't know how you do it. Please make sure to wear shower shoes/flops, even if they do eventually clean the shower/get rid of the band-aid. I would definitely tell the manager. Someone is not doing their job.
Liselola Liselola 9 years
I would quit that gym. You're telling that there is a band-aid for like ONE month in a corner??? I think that is utterly gross. I think showers have to be desinfected at least once a day. How is it possible that the cleaning staff looks over this band aid for 30 times or so? To me, it would be a sign that they just aren't cleaning... You can let the manager know, but I wouldn't risk my health because of a bunch of irresponsible people who don't realize that hygiene in a gym is very essential.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
hahhaha,....i don't even know..tell them. call anonymous.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Tell a manager, that's just gross. See, that's one of the reasons I rather take the train sweaty and shower at home than to shower at the gym. I used to shower at the gym during the colder months but I stopped because I feel cleaner showering at home. My gym seems pretty clean but I know they're really not. I rather find a band-aid than a used tampon left there for days....yea.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
i'd let the gym know,... but i definitely wouldnt pick it up myself either ...ewwwwww :) let us know what they say! i'm curious
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I used to be a member at a gym with a pool. For about three months I was swimming in hair and band aids before my grandma and I finally put complaints in the comment box. It had FINALLY been cleaned next time. If you say something, they'll fix it.
emma- emma- 9 years
That is so disgusting...i would write an open letter to the administration.
millarci millarci 9 years
Well, I think quitting the gym is a little harsh. I probably would complain. Definetly don't pick it up! That's just gross. You don't know where it's been. Personally if they don't do anything I'd just use another shower. But that's just me.
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
i agree with the other posters - tell the manager. s/he won't like to hear that there's a dirty bandaid in the shower. eww!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
I would talk to the general manager of the gym. It is obvious that who ever is cleaning needs to be reminded of their job duties. Plus gym fees are freakin' expensive you should get a clean shower, toilet, whatever!
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 9 years
ewwww!! Complain, complain, complain! If they cant be bothered to pick up a nasy old bandaid, then they arent thorougly cleaning the shower. Imagine how many million of germs there are you cant see lingering around that shower. ewwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! Im a bit of a germaphobe if you can't tell! Hope youre wearing shower shoes.
bluehippy bluehippy 9 years
I would probably do the same thing you are and keep track of how long the band aid stays there. After the 1st-2nd month that it had been there i would make a complaint. Because usually the cleaning staff isn't doing there job right and being lazy. So at the gym you should take a picture of it for proof. Take it once a week. Just to prove that is was there.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 9 years
You really need to let them know about this.. this is totaly gross. I work at a hotel & people complain to us even if there is a tiny smudge on their room windows. So given that a gym is also a service industry every "small" thing matters. I would report it to my gym if i see something like this.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
RANCID! Tell somebody. =)
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Fit, I totally use the same shower at the gym because it has the best water pressure too!!! Yes, that is disgusting that someone did that, I would not touch the thing to throw it out myself either, and I would be upset if the janitors of the gym are not taking care of this.
ArmoAngel ArmoAngel 9 years
I would definitely let the gym know about the band-aide. Yes it is a minor thing, but the minor thing opens up a large issue: cleanliness. Cleanliness is super important, especially in a gym. Just letting the gym know "oh just to let you know, I've noticed a used band-aide in the shower stall for a few days, I was wondering if the stalls are being cleaned as often as they should" should get your message across to the gym without sounding harsh or intimidating.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Tell management, specifically someone that can do something about it and who will talk to staff about the "meaning" of an oversight like this. Be simple, be direct - do not get emotional and try to blackmail them over this to get out of your contract. You have spent far too much time obsessing over this. Next time, take direct action and avoid this freak out/passive agressive/ faux martyr place. Your soul and your time are too precious for engaging in that type of behavior.
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