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Complaint Review: Planet Fitness

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  • Submitted: Thu, October 07, 2010
  • Updated: Fri, October 15, 2010

  • Reported By: Donutman — Austin Texas USA
Planet Fitness
1807 Slaughter Lane Austin, Texas United States of America

Planet Fitness Allowing a minor to apply for membership without a Parents approval Austin, Texas

*Author of original report: Email From Planet Fitness

*Author of original report: Contact Info

*Consumer Comment: Legal Age

*Consumer Comment: Check your state's statutes to see if your son is considered a minor.

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Planet Fitness-Austin, Texas (Slaughter Lane) allowed a minor to sign a contract and will not let them out of the contract even though a minor can not enter into a contract.

 They want a $58 buyout fee before canceling the contract. They have been charging him even though he only used the gym a few times. The keep charging his debit card each month.

 I have tried to get them to cancel the contract but they refuse even after I told them my son paid the $58 buyout fee in cash. They say that no buyout paperwork was completed by either my 17 year old son or the fitness club. So he lost the $58 buyout fee and keeps getting monthly charges.

Beware of Planet Fitness and their shady tactics. They have clubs all over the US. The best way to handle them is the file a dispute with the credit card company and hope for the best.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/07/2010 11:23 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Planet-Fitness/Austin-Texas-78748/Planet-Fitness-Allowing-a-minor-to-apply-for-membership-without-a-Parents-approval-Austin-648739. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Email From Planet Fitness

AUTHOR: Donutman - (USA)

Planet Fitness answer to my email. They don't seem to want to follow their own policy.

Thank you for your email.

Due to liability reasons, the minimum age requirement for membership is age 13.

 Ages 13-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is also a member

Ages 16-17 may attend the club alone however must have a signed waiver on file by a parent/guardian
Please feel free to contact us again. Thank you.


Ashley Bickford

Member Relations

Planet Fitness Corporate

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AUTHOR: Donutman - (USA)

Kandie Warren kandie.warren@planetfitness.com is the regional manager for the club and Mike Turner is the owner of the club. The clubs telephone number is (512)-282-0003.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Legal Age

AUTHOR: Dave - (USA)

If I'm not mistaken the legal age to sign contracts in TX is 17. 

I'm not a lawyer but I would think your son would be bound by the terms of the agreement he signed.

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#4 Consumer Comment

Check your state's statutes to see if your son is considered a minor.

AUTHOR: MovingForward - (United States of America)

I am not an attorney, but you might have the ability to get out of the contract if your son is considered a minor. Minor's can't legally enter into contracts. Either check your state's statutes or check with an attorney to see if you can cancel the contract and receive a refund because of your son's age. You may be able to accomplish this in small claims court without an attorney.
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