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Golds Gym, Edmonton, Alberta Complaints & Reviews - Charging fees after contract ended

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Golds Gym

Posted: 2011-05-12 by    StephinieG

Charging fees after contract ended

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Golds Gym
West Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
When I signed up at Golds Gym, I was offered a long list of bonuses including towel service, tanning minutes, a lock, gear, etc. and a 2 month cancellation policy. This person who sold me the membership left the company a few months after I signed up, and after he left, I was having a hard time receiving towel service, never received any buddy passes or gear, etc. I spoke to management about this after they were questioning my deal, and management agreed to honour everything I was promised. Finally received towel service after this, but never received the rest that was outstanding. After 3 years with the gym, and thousands spent on personal training, etc, I was moving and needed to cancel. I sent in the cancellation form in the mail (stupid policy by the way...i should be able to call or email a cancellation), and was told it was 3 months that I had to pay. I told them i was promised 2 months and that they called me and had agreed to that prior. Well, in the end they would not do anything about it...and ended up charging me 4 MONTHS after cancellation. No one would deal with me, management was "out of the country in Lebanon", etc. Absolutely unreal. I will never deal with Golds again after this, and if there is a joint law suit to recoup money, I will send in all of my evidence and join the pack to sue them.
Steph

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Geis WEM6592‏

14/01/2011
Reply ▼
Stephinie Geis
To tess@goldsgymedmonton.com

Tess, this is the letter that I wrote to Gold's Gym 2 years ago about my contract, that Holly (I believe that was her name) said would be honoured. She held your position I believe then.
I cancelled with Jeff in September, meaning my last day should be November...3 months is December as Jeff says repeatedly in the emails I sent to you.
I really hate signing contracts, so the towel service, tanning and 2 month cancellation agreement were critical in getting me to sign on the spot without considering other gyms. I tried for a no month cancellation agreement, and we settled at 2 months in the end.
I have paid for years of membership and personal training, and tanning too.
When Jade left, everything I was promised went down the drain, this is why Gold's contacted me in February 2009 about it, and why I wrote this email to them.
This is why there are notes on my file or in the system about the towel service, and I would presume there is more if you look in the computers.
I really have invested a ton of time and energy into this, and I really hate that I have to. But I will fight for the things I was promised, because I did nothing wrong in any of this cancellation process.
Please refund the extra money taken out of my accounts, and let this process end.
Stephinie Geis

Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~


________________________________________
To: wem@goldsgymedmonton.com
Subject: Geis WEM6592
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 08:56:48 -0700

Hi,
My name is Stephinie Geis, and my card number is WEM6592.
I am writing cause I know my personal training plan will come up for renewal this March, and I wanted to give you notice that I would not like to renew it. I will purchase individual sessions with Diana when I can go.

Also, I have had some problems with my towel service. I was told to come in contact with you to discuss it. See, a year ago Jade struck a deal with me to get me to sign up at Golds Gym that very day and not consider other gyms.

My deal was: 2 month cancellation with no penalty, 2 small golds gym workout t-shirts, mall rate, buddy passes, 1 week tanning plus $20 in tanning certificates, a lock, a Golds Pink Hoodie, and complementary towel service. The towel service was the clencher, cause it was actually something I would use. This would come to $24 biweekly.

I never ever received any of the following: buddy passes, t-shirts, $20 tanning gift certificates and the hoodie. And I have always had to fight for my towel service since Jade left, or when he wasn't around.
I wanted to know if this could be corrected. Since I spent almost $3000 at Gold's this year alone...if it could be put on my card that I do have the complementary towel service. It is the least that can be done, so that I do not need to fight for the towels when I go...especially since I never received anything else (other than the lock) from my original sign-up package.
Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
~Steph~


Gold's Gym Cancellation‏
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13/01/2011
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Tess Soriano
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To 'Stephinie Geis'
Hello Stephanie,

I am confused with your response, if I was not concern I wouldn’t even bothered answering you e-mails, but I patiently did. I believe in a customer-service sense, I have done my part.
Also, I did not accuse you of anything, I explained that there was no notice on the file, however I also explained that as you had it registered,
I would honour the receipt then perhaps I can do something to refund your money. At this point of time, I cannot do anything without documentation.
You are welcome to contact the Head Office by all means, that’s your prerogative. I will explain the same thing I already explained to you.

Thank you,
Tess

12/01/2011
Reply ▼
Stephinie Geis
To tess@goldsgymedmonton.com
Tess, 3 months was December 18th, so indicated by the email by Jeff. You accused me of not even providing a letter, so your email is interesting.
I will be contacting head office and forwarding them all of my information and the email about my contract which should be on your records from 2008.
It is truly unbelievable how you treat your members.

Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

11/01/2011
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Tess Soriano
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To 'Stephinie Geis'
Please refer back to my previous e-mail, if you can provide me proof, then I will do what is required.

Thank you.
Tess

11/01/2011
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Tess Soriano
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To 'Stephinie Geis'
Hello Stephanie,

As per my e-mail below, your notice was received on October 10th, as per our documentation nothing indicates in your contract that they waived the 91 days to 60 days. Hence, as already mentioned cancellation was supposed to be January 17, 2011, however conceded to cancel before the date indicated, hence it is now cancelled. Everything is in your ASF notes.

Unfortunately, unless you provide me some proof other than what I have on file, there is nothing else I can do.

Thanks,
Tess

09/01/2011
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Stephinie Geis
To tess@goldsgymedmonton.com
Tess, I called Gold's gym, and no one has answered.
As you can note by Jeff's letter at the bottom dated OCTOBER 6, that he had received my letter before then about my cancellation.
This was indeed sent through registered mail.
Everything I have done is completely legal and in line with what I agreed to at the beginning of my contract.
I never received my buddy passes. I never received my shirts and vest either.
Now you are refusing me my 2 month termination agreement.
You are in violation of your own contract here, and it is unbelievable that you think you can do this.
3 months cancellation from when my letter was received is DECEMBER, the 2 months that I am supposed to have is NOVEMBER. January is completely illegal.
So once again, please PHONE me at 780-4**-**** and discuss when you will be SENDING ME BACK MY MONEY.
I would like to speak to a superior about this.
Stephinie Geis


Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

09/01/2011
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Stephinie Geis
To tess@goldsgymedmonton.com
Tess, I have sent the letter and it was received several months ago.
Call me before Monday evening to speak to me about this.
Refer to the response below from Jeff stating that he had everything in a line to end my agreement by the 18th. You are in violation of your own contract here.
Stephinie Geis

Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

09/01/2011
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Tess Soriano
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To 'Stephinie Geis'
Hello Stephanie,

With the documentation I have, your non-renewal should still be until January 17, 2011.
To avoid paying the cancellation fee of $199.00 + tax. Hence, all the dues that was taken out
Is in proper order. Likewise, I don’t believe you have sent the registered letter which is mandatory,
However I conceded on your e-mail to avoid unsatisfactory complaints.

At this point of time, I can only cancel your agreement, no refunds will be made.

Thank you.
Tess

07/01/2011
Reply ▼
Stephinie Geis
To tess@goldsgymedmonton.com
Hello Tess,
I have been dealing with my cancellation at Gold's Gym for several months now. Jeff has been my main contact, but has not provided me with a solution. He has informed me that it is you that can make the decisions here.
When I signed up I negotiated a 2 month cancellation as part of my plan. This is why the 3 month cancellation is / was crossed out on my document. I wrote this on my appeal which should be on file as I was contacted about the promises that were made to me upon signing up, and I was told that everything I was promised would be fulfilled. This would be including the cancellation policy.
I do not know why someone has written at the bottom of my document, 3 months, as it was never discussed with me.
My Gold's Gym Membership then should have been terminated on November 18, not December 18.
Nothing has been done about this, and no one is contacting me about this.
I looked at my Visa yesterday, and I am STILL BEING CHARGED from Gold's, as money was taken out December 31 from my account.
I would like 3 payments returned to me, and for the automatic payment to be stopped for my account.
This is getting ridiculous, as I have called about this at least 5 times, and have emailed just as many times as well.
I expect that you will call me by Monday 10, at 780-485-7551 and make arrangements for the reimbursement of $66.15 to my credit card.
Otherwise I will be taking further action.
31 Dec 2010 HEALTH CLUB DUES 800-527-6898 MB 22.05
17 Dec 2010 HEALTH CLUB DUES 800-527-6898 MB 22.05
3 Dec 2010 HEALTH CLUB DUES 800-527-6898 MB 22.05
Sincerely,
Stephinie Geis
Member WEM6592
Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

22/10/2010
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Stephinie Geis
To jeff@goldsgymedmonton.com
I havn't heard back regarding my response yet. Did you find the ammendment letter?

Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

06/10/2010
Reply ▼
Stephinie Geis
To jeff@goldsgymedmonton.com
Hi Jeff,
Why was 91 days cancellation crossed off from the text then hand written in then again? It appears a mistake was made there cause the agreement Jade and I made was 2 months. This was also stated in the formal letter I had to submit after he left and the rest of his promises were not fullfilled. It was agreed upon at that point that all of Jade's promises on my committment would be honored even though he left them in a state. If you could check that, that would be great. I expect that this will be amended, as several aspects were never given to me (like buddy passes, gear, etc), and I had to write the appeal for towel service, etc.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Stephinie Geis

Thank you and have a nice day!
~Steph~

06/10/2010
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jeff@goldsgymedmonton.com

Good morning Stephinie,

I have just faxed you over your membership agreement.
The handwritten part of the agreement states 91 days cancellation notice is required. You paid your last bi-weekly upon sign up therefore only have 6 remaining payments.
Your current cancellation date is set for December 18th, 2010.
If you have any questions feel free to reply to this e-mail or call the gym at 780-484-4653
Best of health.
Jeff
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 2nd of Aug, 2012 by   RarelyComplain 0 Votes
Wait a minute. You didn't give them your credit card or checking account number, did you? Never do that. If a gym insists on either as a requirement for "joining" or otherwise using their facility, walk. Never ever give a gym your credit card or a personal check. Never. They can and will charge you in perpetuity.
 2nd of Aug, 2012 by   RarelyComplain 0 Votes
This is why I tell people to never ever give a gym your credit card or checking account number. They can and often will charge you forever! In perpetuity. If they require access to your account at their discretion in order to use their facility - just walk. They all do this junk. I got out of my "contract" because my credit card expired and the bank wouldn't honor their charges. Thank goodness for that.

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