The owners of an Atlanta gym are the victims in a case of mistaken identity, as criticism mounts for neighboring EAV Barbell Club and its controversial “No Cop” policy.
Jim Chambers, owner of EAV Barbell Club, has an explicit “no cop” policy at his gym, where cops and active members of the military are not allowed to join.
“We've had an explicitly stated 'no cop' policy since we opened, and we also don't open membership to active members of the military,” Chambers said. His position has ignited a firestorm of outrage from Americans who have been calling the gym and demanding an end to the policy.
But WXIA reports that many people have been calling the wrong gym, because the first result after searching Google for “East Atlanta Gym” is “Village Fitness,” not “EAV Barbell Club.”
You can imagine how the owners of Village Fitness were quite confused when they began receiving calls and had people walking in asking about a “no cop” policy.
“I'm like, wait a second — that's definitely not us,” Tara Perry of Village Fitness told WXIA. “We do not feel that way.”
But instead of righteous indignation, Village Fitness is happy to clear things up by openly declaring its support for the police and the military. The gym put out a sign in front of its building Wednesday, declaring “We Support Police and Our Military,” and in a Facebook post reiterated its support for “the whole village.”
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“When you think of an EV gym, people think of us — Village Fitness. We've been here so long, we're established with the community,” Perry said. “We support our local police and military. We offer discounts for them.”
The owner of Village Fitness told WXIA he plans to keep the sign up for the foreseeable future.