People like to say that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and no one knows that better than the owner of a St. Louis, Mo. area gym who recently asked one of her patrons to refrain from wearing a "Trump 2016" shirt in the future. By trying to avoid a political firestorm and not upset some of her customers, this business owner ended up creating a political firestorm and upsetting some of her customers... and then some.
According to CBS affiliate KMOV, in late January 2019, Jake Talbot, a member of CDY Fitness in Troy, Mo., was approached by the facility's owner Liz Drew who asked the Army veteran to no longer wear his Trump shirt as it was offensive to some of the other customers.
“I was just puzzled there for a second," he said. "She said that it was racist and represents racism and that’s when I when I was like ‘oh, you’re done."
Talbot was frustrated by the comment but finished his workout before posting the following video to his Facebook:
Shortly after Talbot's video went viral, CDY Fitness went into damage control by making the following post on its Facebook page:
"Allow me to clarify. I don't believe our gym should be a political forum for anyone. I want everyone to feel safe and comfortable there. We are all trying to improve ourselves and work hard to change.
But as you can imagine, the response got out of hand rather quickly. It even got so bad that CDY Fitness had to take down its Facebook page entirely after receiving thousands of hateful messages, including calls to burn down the business.
The comments that led to Drew shutting down the CDY Fitness Facebook page were locked away upon the deactivation of the account, but that didn't stop people from taking to Twitter to voice their opinion:
And while most of the tweets regarding CDY Fitness call Drew names like "Libtard," "Fascist," and "Un-American," there were several users who supported Drew taking a stand:
In an attempt to quell the flames, Drew sat down for an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where the gym owner explained things from her side, saying that Talbot had worn the shirt to the gym in the past and that some of the African-American and Hispanic members had voiced their concern with what the shirt represents.
"I said, 'Jake, we're friends and I love you, but I'd appreciate it if you didn't wear that shirt in the future,'" Drew told the Post-Dispatch.
And this decision wasn't something that Drew took lightly. She explained that she put a lot of thought into confronting Talbot about it.
"This was about protecting the comfort level of all members and keeping politics out of my gym," Drew said. "Sadly, it has done just the opposite."
In the days following the incident, the CDY Fitness Facebook page remains deactivated, and despite Talbot and numerous others cancelling their memberships, Drew told the Post-Dispatch that at least 10 new members had joined since the video was first posted earlier in the month.
That just goes to show you that you can't really please everyone when you make a decision like the ones Talbot and Drew made.
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