My mother signed my father up for a gym membership last fall
- she got a family membership so that she could also work out with my dad. My dad died last month, and she waited until
she got a copy of his death certificate to go cancel the gym membership. The people at the gym were uncooperative
because she was the primary person on the contract. She sent the following letter to the company
Dear National Fitness Center,
Please consider this letter to be a request for termination
of my contract. My husband,(dad's name),
passed away on February 10. The manager
of your Maryville office has a copy of his death certificate. I was told that only his part of the contract
could be cancelled because I am the primary member. I am the primary member because he worked and
did not have time to do the paperwork. I
do not work, and am on a very limited income now. My son and I will not be using the membership
and do not want to be charged for the service.
The person spoke with
at your main office was less than helpful in this matter. I would think that dying would qualify as a
PERMANENT move out of the area. This is
not the kind of nonsense a grieving widow should have to deal with. We we married for thirty years and I am not
handling this very well. Please make
this issue go away.
To which they, in all their compassion, replied (again
Re: Acct# (account)
We have received your request to cancel your membership.
However, please be advised that your contract does not
contain an early termination clause unless you relocate 35 miles from a
National Fitness Center location or an Affiliate Location through the
International Physical Fitness Association (www.ipfa.us).
Your contract is in effect through the initial expiration
date of 9/27/2013.
You may choose to pay your membership in full without
penalty for early payoff if you choose.
You may request your payoff amount via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will
need your account number listed above as a reference.
National Fitness Center
So basically, they're saying that they don't care they her
husband died, but if she would like, she can give them the $2,000 she's going
to end up paying for a gym membership she doesn't want all at once instead of
over the course of the next year and a half.
Did they even read the letter she sent before printing out the form
letter they sent back? This company
obviously cares infinitely more about contracts than the customers that sign them.