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NJ gym owner offers free gym memberships to people who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine

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Responds to Krispy Kreme's offer

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New Jersey gym owner Ian Smith, co-owner of the Atilis Gym, is offering free gym memberships to those people who don't get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Smith offered the free memberships as an alternative to Krispy Kreme recently offering up free doughnuts for those people who were vaccinated against the coronavirus.

What are the details?

Smith, who describes himself on social media as "Patriot," "FREE MAN," "Learner," and "Toxically Masculine."

Smith tweeted, "In light of #@krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to all who don't get vaccinated. We believe in health — the real way — exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress."

At the time of this reporting, Smith's tweet has received more than 5,100 likes.

What else?

As highlighted by the New York Post, Smith is "infamous for thwarting pandemic-related policies."

The New Jersey gym owner in May defied the state's stay-at-home order, accruing more than $1.2 million in fines — and being arrested several times — for keeping his gym open during the pandemic.

In February, American Airlines banned him for refusing to wear a mask while in flight. He was traveling from Florida to New Jersey after having attended CPAC, where he said the state's lockdown mandates were "unconstitutional."

In December, NJ.com reported that the state of New Jersey was seeking to collect at least $124,000 in fines — all of which Smith has repeatedly said he refuses to pay.

On Monday, Krispy Kreme CEO Michael Tattersfield appeared on Fox Business, where he said, "As America starts to make progress in the pandemic and you start to see scaling back the vaccines, we made the decision that said hey, we can support act of joy, which is if you come by, show us a vaccine card, get a doughnut anytime, any day, every day if you choose that!"

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