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Woman Says She Was Kicked Out Of Gym Over Big Breasts

| by Nik Bonopartis
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A Canadian woman says she was left humiliated and puzzled after staffers kicked her out of a gym for wearing a tank top.

A bewildered Jenna Vecchio, who belongs to the Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Ontario, posted to Facebook on May 14, explaining how she was kicked out of the gym earlier the same day.

"I was instructed by a supervisor at the club that my tank top was inappropriate dress and is offensive to both staff and other members," Vecchio wrote. "I will start by saying my tank top was no different than many other women's tank tops at the club, except my chest size is much larger in appearance in comparison to my frame than many of the other women."

Vecchio posted photographs of herself in the black racerback tank top, which she wore with full-length leggings, according to the Daily Mail. She told Canada's MetroNews that she was working out with her husband when two female gym staffers approached her and told her other gym members had complained that her top made them feel "uncomfortable."

The tattooed gym rat, who recently moved to Ontario from Halifax, Nova Scotia, told the newspaper she was confused because other women who were working out at the same time were wearing similar tank tops. She also pointed to the Movati Athletic Club's website, which features several photographs of women working out in similar athletic wear.

She told the Daily Mail that, other than a small sign that says "Members are required to wear modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes at all times," there's nothing on the gym's website or property that says women can't wear tank tops.

“I said I can’t help it that my chest may appear larger than some other women’s here because of my small frame, but I can’t do anything about it,” Vecchio said, reports Metro.  "I felt humiliated. I was made to feel uncomfortable. I felt degraded."

The gym's owners weren't backing down. While Vecchio says she asked several women at the gym if her attire made them feel uncomfortable -- and didn't find anyone who said yes -- the gym released a statement saying the decision to ask her to leave was prompted by member complaints.

"While it may not have been intentional, Ms. Vecchio’s attire was not as modest as she has suggested via the images she shared recently on Facebook and through media interviews, and caused multiple members to feel uncomfortable and voice their concerns to our staff," the statement reads.

Gym staff conducted an "investigation" by speaking with members who were working out that day, and with Vecchio herself, and concluded the staffers who were working that day made the right call by asking her to leave. They also said it wasn't the fact that Vecchio was wearing a tank top that led to the decision -- it was because that particular tank top left too much exposed.

"The Movati staff never indicated Ms. Vecchio’s style of shirt was not appropriate – it was the lack of coverage that was the issue as she exercised adjacent to other members," the company's statement read. "While in no way did we mean to embarrass Ms. Vecchio, we did feel it necessary to address the situation with her due to member discomfort."

Vecchio's Facebook post had been shared more than 4,000 times in five days, and dozens of people had left negative feedback on Movati's page, bashing the gym for "shaming" Vecchio.

Sources: Daily Mail, MetroNews, BuzzFeed / Photo credit: Joe Lofaro/MetroNews

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