A woman is wondering if she was in the wrong for not wanting to work out next to an aggressive creep.
While working out at an empty gym, a man skipped a row of empty ellipticals just to work out next to her. She wondered if, after prioritizing her safety by quietly moving away from him, she did something wrong because he then berated her with insults. Redditors on the “Am I the A******” forum were quick to point out that running away from danger is not the victim’s fault, it’s the creep’s.
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“I (27F) like to go to the gym later in the evenings so I can have the place mostly to myself since I don’t like how claustrophobic it feels when tons of people are there at the same time,” she wrote. “I live around the block from a chain gym and go there most nights to use the elliptical for a while.”
“When I got to the gym tonight, the entire row of ellipticals was empty, so I grabbed the one all the way on the end. Everything was fine during my workout all the way up to the last few minutes. A guy walked into the mostly deserted gym and got on the elliptical right next to mine, which I thought was weird since there was a row of about 12 other ones that were all empty.
“It made me a little uncomfortable, so I shortened my workout by a few minutes and hopped off to grab a disinfectant wipe,” she explained. “When I got back to wipe down the machine, the guy stopped pedaling and asked me what my problem was.”
“I was caught off guard and just stammered something about how I was done with my workout, which was basically true anyway, but he said something about me ‘treating him like a predator for no reason’ and then put his headphones back in. AITA for shortening my workout because some guy chose the elliptical right next to mine?”
Redditors expressed their disdain for the loser at the gym.
“He 100 percent knew what he was doing,” a user wrote.
“Extra weird that he assumed she left because of him and not because she finished her workout,” another commented.
“Dude was straight telling on himself honestly,” someone added.
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