A LAPSED gym goer has been released from a contract to pay for a membership he hasn’t used in two and a half months.
Political journalist Jamie Shapiro contacted the Daily Echo as he struggled to pay the £103 monthly fee to be a member of David Lloyd Southampton at Frogmore Lane.
He had signed a 12-month contract when he moved to Southampton six months ago but asked to leave earlier due to financial difficulties.
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Jamie, who lives in Shirley, canceled her direct debit two months ago when her hoped-for pay rise failed to materialize and her household bills started to rise dramatically.
He was then contacted by a debt collection agency.
Jamie, who was previously a member of David Lloyd at a club near his family home in north London where he also worked as a lifeguard for three years, said: “I joined in the first place because I moved to the area alone and thought it would be a good place to meet people, but it didn’t really work out that way.
“I’ve never used it much, but I haven’t set foot in the door for two and a half months.
“With the cost of living crisis I just couldn’t afford it. With all the bills and everything it’s hard to pay for anything and I decided eating was more important than paying a Expensive gym membership that I didn’t use.
“I could certainly do without debt collectors demanding hundreds of pounds for something I don’t even use.”
Since being contacted by the Echo, bosses at David Lloyd Leisure have decided to cancel membership as a ‘goodwill gesture’.
A spokesperson for David Lloyd Clubs said: “We always aim to ensure that fees are fair and represent good value for our members.
“Mr. Shapiro signed a 12-month contract with us, and we had requested supporting documentation to cancel his membership.
“Our team is in direct contact with him and have offered to cancel his membership given the circumstances.”
David Lloyd Southampton has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spacious gym, 350 weekly exercise classes, 18 tennis courts and spa facilities, as well as a children’s program and a coffee.
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