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Rant About Used Tissues at the Gym

Fittingly Mad: Snotty Tissues on Gym Equipment

Spring is the time for allergies and I've seen so many people suffering. I'm feeling crappy too so I definitely feel for people, but I have to say I'm losing a little bit of my sympathy. While at the gym the past few weeks, I've been noticing men and women sneezing, blowing their noses, and then stuffing their snotty tissues into the cup holder on the machines. I even saw a guy blow his nose into his own towel and drape it over the handle of the treadmill. It's so thoroughly disgusting and inconsiderate. I don't understand why it doesn't occur to people that even though they're not sick, they can still pass germs and bacteria on to fellow gym goers through their snotty business. Is it so hard to stuff their used tissue into their pocket or in their shirt or waistband? Or how about this idea — they could get up and throw it away. What a concept?

Am I the only one out there witnessing this phenomenon? Let me know in the comments section below.

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rpenner rpenner 9 years
That is absolutely disgusting!!! I have not seen this but I just might say something to someone if I did. That's just wrong
130k 130k 9 years
Oof that is gross! It drives me crazy when someone doesn't clean off the machine so if I found a snotty tissue I would certainly lose it.
sperle-25 sperle-25 9 years
oh--i saw one person who mentioned disinfectant spray. right on!
sperle-25 sperle-25 9 years
no one has yet to mention the fact that most gyms have cleaner spray that you use on the equipment after you're finished. if everyone wiped down their machine after they were done, i dont think it would be a big deal if people need to have tissues. snot, sweat..its all the same. if its okay to wipe your sweat with a towel hanging on the bar, it shouldnt be a problem if people need to blow their noses. whats the point of working out if you have to keep stopping to throw away your tissues? a lot of peeople have allergies and they need to blow their noses--that doesnt mean they're "sick" and shouldnt get to work out.
emalove emalove 9 years
This is just disgusting.
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
sick, gross, ew. I see this crap at my gym all the time, and it's supposedly an upscale place, workout facility-wise. People can be so disgusting. I FREAK OUT if I touch something wet in the never know what the heck it is.
Alexisis Alexisis 9 years
I just realized I could be confused with one of THESE people, I grab a clean tissue off of the desk & store it in the cup holder in case I need it then throw it out as soon as I use it.. so any onlooker could think that it was already used before hand I suppose. I also hadn't considered that people had already put their dirty tissues where I'm putting my clean(or so I thought) tissue :(
haute77 haute77 9 years
you have every right to be pissed. another reason why i wish i had my own private gym.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
How do people even begin to think that's okay? Nastiness!
tkylem tkylem 9 years
YUCK! If I ever found a used tissue.... urgh... I will however admit that I did once blow my nose using the towel but the gym was empty and nobody was around me.. AND afterwards... I scrubbed my machine in entirety, the handles, the buttons, everything, with the disinfectant spray located all over the gym.. I also noticed that not all gyms have disinfectant spray located all over the place for people the wipe their machines?!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ugh, that's just GROSS! I can't stand it when I see people leave snotty Kleenex laying around anywhere. It's so disgusting. People can be so inconsiderate. This is why I ALWAYS wash my hands thoroughly after I work out on shared just never know what's living on those things.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
That is just disgusting. Definitely by all means wipe your nose when you're snotting but don't leave the used tissue on the treadmill. Gross.
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
Yuck! Makes me glad I don't go to the gym anymore. I found myself getting sick a LOT more often when I went to the gym regularly, this kind of behavior is probably why.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
No wonder MRSA is running rampant in gyms now. So gross.
kia kia 9 years
Gross. I would be irritated if I saw this.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I don't get why people can't walk over to a trash bin to put the tissue where it should go, especially when you're in a gym. You go to a gym to get exercise, but you're too lazy to walk over and throw things out where they should be thrown out?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
That's just disgusting. There is straight up NO reason for it. I don't understand why people find it so difficult to be considerate sometimes.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
Dude, I thought the chewed-up wad of gum I found stuck on the treadmill yesterday was gross, but snotty kleenex definitely trumps. How rude, inconsiderate, and nasty.
yogadarla yogadarla 9 years
man oh man am i with you on this one sista'! i am a yoga teacher, and of course yoga is great for helping rid your body of mucus(esp. hot yoga) and i do provide kleenex around the room for just such situations. but when everyone's gone and i am walking through turning off lights, i'll find used kleenex,used band-aides, bloody kleenex... YIKES! so gross and so thoughtless. yep, you struck a nerve with me here. i understand we are just a human body with human functions, just keep your germy results with you as much as possible, please.
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