Golds Gym International - Gold's Gym is a SCAM! They lie and steal your money!
I think that everyone should be alerted about how Gold's Gym is a major scam company. They lie to their customers and have broken many Deceptive Trade Practices Act laws. This law protects consumers from unlawful practices of deception and purpose confusion that business advertise in able to gain profit.
I signed up with the Culver City Gold's in April. When I signed up, I was told that if I get three people to sign up and they pay the first 3 months, I would ONLY have to pay $39 for my first 3 months, then I would get the rest of the year free. That is what the sales associate and manager told me. I agreed that that was a fair deal and signed up. When I was signing the ELECTRONICAL contract, the sales associate told me that I can skip ahead and sign at the bottom. I did so. He then printed the contract our and immediately put it in a folder and sent me on my way. I got my mom, aunt, and best friend to sign up with the gym, so the manager told my mom, aunt and myself that I now have the pay 3 months/rest of year free deal. I was so happy. With me being a young college student, with my only income being that of financial aid, it was the perfect deal. After 3 months of all of us going, I was relieved that I didn't have to pay anymore. Everything was dandy until I saw that they billed me for the fourth month! I called the gym and told them that there must be a mistake and they then "CLAIMED" that I was under a pay for one year and then get a second ear free contract! I was furious! THAT WAS NOT WHAT THEY TOLD ME!!!!! I went home and looked at my contract and yeah, that was what was put on the contract. I was, however, repulsed with how they lied to me. I had trusted them with the deal they "TOLD" me and to find out they lied to me, it sickened me. It then dawned on me that they never even explained the contract with me! I ask around, and a lot of people came forward and told me that the gym didn't go over their contracts either. They just say sign and that's that. They go over what they want you to hear and then do a whole other thing!
I went looked online for Gold's Gym complaints and was ASTONISHED with how many complaints this gym had against them. They whole company is a huge FRAUD! I read many stories about how they use false advertising and how they say things to confuse their clients about the terms of their contracts. Their staff is trained to lie and tell you untrue things just to get you to come in. However, they are breaking the Deceptive Trade Practices Law! They've been sued and had some of their locations across the United States shut down. However, the big question is why are they still breaking laws and scamming people?
I want people to know about this fraud of a gym and to STRONGLY warn them to NOT SIGN UP WITH THIS PLACE! I also want them to be exposed for what they really are!