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Young Woman Kicked Out Of Gym For Having Big Breasts (Photos)

| by Charles Roberts

A Canadian woman was humiliated by gym employees for her clothing.

Jenna Vecchio, a member of the Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Ontario, took to Facebook to explain that she’d been kicked out of the gym.

"I was instructed by a Supervisor at the club that my tank top was inappropriate dress and is offensive to both the staff and other members," she wrote, Ottawa Metro reports. "...My tank top was no different than many other women's tank top at the club; except my chest size is much larger in appearance in comparison to my frame than many of the other women."

She was working out with her husband when two female gym staffers approached her and said other members were complaining that her top made them feel "uncomfortable."

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Vecchio posted photos of the black racerback tank top, which she wore with full-length leggings to the gym, Daily Mail reported.

The tattooed gym rat said she was confused because other women in the gym were wearing similar tops, Ottawa Metro reported. She mentioned the Movati Athletic Club's website, which features several photographs of women working out in athletic wear similar to what she was wearing.

Other than a small sign that states, "Members are required to wear modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes at all times," there was nothing on the gym's website or property that said women were not allowed to wear tank tops, reports the Daily Mail. 

“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, Metro reported. "I felt humiliated. I was made to feel uncomfortable. I felt degraded."

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The gym's owners refused to back down. While Vecchio said she asked several women at the gym if her clothing made them feel uncomfortable and didn't find anyone who said yes, the gym released a statement saying the decision to remove her was provoked by a series of 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 read, according to BuzzFeed.

Gym staff conducted an "investigation" by speaking with members who were working out that day, as well as Vecchio herself. The investigation found the employees made the right decision. 

The gym also said it wasn't the fact that Vecchio was wearing a tank top, but it was because that particular top was too revealing. 

"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 continued. "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 was shared more than 4,000 times in five days, and dozens of people left negative feedback on Movati's page, criticizing the gym for "shaming" Vecchio.

Sources: Daily MailOttawa MetroBuzzFeed / Photo credit: Joe Lofaro/MetroNews