to have used the shower?

(83 Posts)
MissMooMoo Thu 03-Apr-14 20:54:37

I have a membership at a niace gym.
mon-fri it closes at 10:30pm.
Tonight when I went to use the shower the cleaner asked me if I wouldn't mind using one on the right hand side as she had just cleaned the ones on the left hand side. All the showers on the right were in use and there were 2 women ahead of me in a 'queue' to use the showers.
I said if it was nearly closing time and there were available showers then I would have no problem but seeing as it was 8:30 and I was going to have to wait then I would be using the left hand side ones as they were available!
I pay £55 a month to use this gym. aibu to think I should be able to use an available shower 2 hours before closing time??
I complained to reception and the guy working said he would mention it to the cleaning staff but "at the end of the day they all want to leave at a reasonable hour too"

EyelinerQueen Thu 03-Apr-14 20:56:18


They shouldn't restrict their customers facilities while the gym is still open. Totally out of order and unprofessional.

Nottalotta Thu 03-Apr-14 20:58:04


chirpchirp Thu 03-Apr-14 20:58:06

No, not unreasonable at all in my opinion. If it had been after 10 fair enough, besides, what she going to do for the rest of the night, stand there and direct everyone to the right hand side? For two hours?

WooWooOwl Thu 03-Apr-14 20:59:51

YANBU, and I would let management know that the cleaner is asking this of clients. It's rude and unprofessional.

stackablegoatbearingcheesecake Thu 03-Apr-14 21:29:04

I'd be writing to the Manager and copying in the CEO of the company.
The cleaner was totally out of order and the guy on reception was making it worse, taking the piss to be blunt.

If the gym closes at 10.30 you'd presume they pay the cleaner to 11pm at least or even if they pay until 10.30 only to make any restriction before 10-10.15 is ridiculous, and to make you feel bad in any way for wanting to use the facilities is very unprofessional.

WowserBowser Thu 03-Apr-14 21:33:06

I don't think YABU but i disagree with complaining further.

She probably doesn't get paid enough to want to hang around later then she needs too.

I know it's her job and all but hey ho.

CrockedPot Thu 03-Apr-14 21:37:49

Yanbu, and I too would complain further, and about the guy on reception. I too pay an expensive gym fee, and part of that means I expect to have a shower when I want one and not wait around in a queue when some are free.

stackablegoatbearingcheesecake Thu 03-Apr-14 21:39:04

It was TWO HOURS before closing time. How long does it take to clean a shower compared to inconveniencing members? hmm

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 03-Apr-14 21:44:03

If the gym closes at 10.30pm then the cleaner(s) should be employed from about 9pm to 11.30pm - depending on the size of the gym. YANBU in the slightest, but the cleaner is not being U in wanting to go home on time if she is employed to finish at 10.30pm.

I used to work on Reception at a v naice leisure centre attached to a v exclusive hotel (about 20 or more years ago) and the cleaners didn't even come on duty until 30 minutes before we were due to close confused.

BonaDea Thu 03-Apr-14 21:47:51

Totally ridiculous of the cleaner.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 22:08:22

I am a cleaner and i often to ask patients if they don't mind using another toilet/shower.

the reason is because the floor is wet and there is chemicals that need to be washed away.

I have warning signs , so nothing to do with compensation, but i really don't want some one to slip on the wet floor or to have contact with chemicals.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 22:10:11

I really don't care about foot marks or cleaning the shower/toilet again.

mousmous Thu 03-Apr-14 22:11:49

unless they have done a deep clean with hatsh chemicals.

gamerchick Thu 03-Apr-14 22:14:10

Yeah, i've used some pretty nifty chemicals to get pink body fat from shower walls... but god help me if I have to think of customers by asking them not to use a different shower for a bit hmm

but that's alright,.. it's just the little cleaner, doing a menial job.. complain away.

NoodleOodle Thu 03-Apr-14 22:25:50

Nothing to do with menial jobs, everything to do with poor time management, or just poor instructions from management. YANBU. They should be told, via comment or complaint, that their current cleaning policies do not give good customer service.

gamerchick Thu 03-Apr-14 22:34:08

reeeeallly... when you're required to use some pretty kick arse chemicals in your job, then you can complain. When you have a boss that screams at you and threatens you with the sack at every turn.. and all you're trying to do is do your job and protect customers from the pretty evil shit you have to use.. a little empathy wouldn't go amiss tbh.

But go ahead.. cleaners have pretty thick skins.

The stuff that's used to deep clean showers is pretty intense stuff.. you really don't want to have to breath that stuff in if you can help it.

Or maybe you can sue.

stackablegoatbearingcheesecake Thu 03-Apr-14 22:37:17

But the inference wasn't that the showers were out of use because of chemicals, the OP implied that they were out of use as they'd been cleaned and should stay clean and what the Receptionist said backed that implication up.

If the cleaner had said they weren't in use until noxious chemicals had dispersed because otherwise they would be hazardous to health, that would've been a different conversation and possibly something else to raise with Management.

It's absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the type of job someone's doing and all to do with facilities and attitudes.

MooMaid Thu 03-Apr-14 22:40:06

I guess it depends on whether or not the cleaner meant "give it 10 mins for the chemicals to clear" or if she meant "don't use them for the rest of the night"

From the attitude of the bloke on reception it suggests she meant don't use for the rest of the night since he said the cleaners want to get away at a decent time.... in which case YANBU

If its because she didn't want you to inhale chemicals then I guess its not her fault but management should perhaps schedule a better cleaning rota

guineapig2014 Thu 03-Apr-14 22:42:35

YADNBU I see why it would have been ok to ask you to use the showers that had not yet been cleaned if they were free but because there was a queue YANBU. I wouldn't complain further though unless it happens again.

PinkLemons Thu 03-Apr-14 22:46:57

Wow whoever said it was just a menial job? There are showers to be used, there was no implication that they were actually out of order - just that the cleaner wanted to leave on time!

Surely the cleaning schedule should take into account that members want to use showers when they finish? Maybe it isn't the cleaners fault but unless someone complains then nothing will change. It wasn't that there was one person in the shower there was an actual queue! Surely that isn't acceptable when there are other showers to use?

Using a hospital as an example is no where near a comparison as they are 24 hours and deep cleaning needs to take place as and when. A gym has set opening times so deep cleaning can happen at either quiet times or when the gym is closed.


NoodleOodle Thu 03-Apr-14 22:48:38

No need to get your arse in your hand gamerchick. The cleaning rota should be organised so that the showers are cleaned after the customers have finished using them.

stackablegoatbearingcheesecake Thu 03-Apr-14 22:51:16

And that 8.30pm is very likely to be a peak time for requiring all the facilities.

MissMooMoo Thu 03-Apr-14 22:51:33

she said it was because they were clean, , nothing about chemicals.
The cleaners are there from opening to closing from what I have seen (not the same one obviously! ) I just don't think its on to start cleaning the areas 2 hours before closing time, some people were still arriving when I was leaving!
This is a chain gym, , without directly naming it the company also has airline and supplies broadband/tv.
glad to hear Ianbu!

gamerchick Thu 03-Apr-14 22:56:17

My arse in my hand? I've never heard that one before grin

I wouldn't discuss cleaning with customers but obviously cleaners should stand head bowed until it's deemed alright to enter.

Roger that.

PoppySeed2014 Thu 03-Apr-14 23:01:00

a) £55 a month is not a particularly expensive gym
b) you lost me at "naice" Eurgh.

PoppySeed2014 Thu 03-Apr-14 23:01:46

c) just respect the fecking cleaner. Be kind. Be thankful that you are a member of the gym and not cleaning it.

JuniperHeartwand Thu 03-Apr-14 23:08:55

Poppyseed - I'm in London and £55 per month is an expensive gym! I've recently done my research and not chosen this chain.

What kind of argument is that anyway, the cleaner would have been out of order even in a cheaper gym. Yanbu OP.

gamerchick Thu 03-Apr-14 23:11:02

Well to be fair.. The amount of threads on here who think a cleaner is the automatic response to messy slovenly feckers it's hardly surprising.

PoppySeed2014 Thu 03-Apr-14 23:12:48

Pah. Just don't respond well to "naice" + boast of expensive gym (which seems inexpensive to me in comparison with my local London gym). Sort of weird reverse snob stealth boast which screams lower middle class insecurities.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this. Maybe it's just that bloody naice word.

Totally irrelevant but why is there pink body fat on the walls confused

Do they do liposuction there ?

Anonymai Thu 03-Apr-14 23:18:43

Issues about your job much, gamer?

TossedSaladsAndScrambledEggs Thu 03-Apr-14 23:21:05

&55 a month is an exoensive gym. I pay £22 a month and still expect to have use of a shower

giannna Thu 03-Apr-14 23:24:48

I agree about £55 per month being expensive and I don't think OP is being unreasonable at all.

For all you disgruntled cleaners, why is the cleaners time so much more important an OP's time?

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 23:29:37

I am not disgruntled I love my job.

I just don't want people hurting themselves, I use a lot if PPE to clean and it would be irresponsible for me to allow someone to either slip or be in contact with the chemicals that require me to use PPE.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 23:32:26
giannna Thu 03-Apr-14 23:33:06

It wasn't about chemicals though, ICanSee. It was about the cleaner wanting to get home on time....

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 03-Apr-14 23:33:57

We are not in London, but membership of our local gym is £26 per month with no joining fee. Yes, I call £55 per month expensive.

stackablegoatbearingcheesecake Thu 03-Apr-14 23:34:30

It's not about being a cleaner, it's about being a customer and needing use of a facility during the mid part of an evening's opening hours. It's not as though it was 15 minutes off closing and no queue.

Say it was a petrol station with seven pumps and part way through the evening shift the staff closed three pumps and let queues build up at the remaining four. It might save them time two hours later, but it's not giving good customer service is it, let alone a service that's being subscribed to.
What about a childminder or nursery not changing a nappy in the last 15 minutes of session because they were busy cleaning down the changing stations? hmm

If it was on the final rundown to closing time and some showers had been cleaned so the OP was asked to wait in line behind one or two people, then I'd say the cleaner was being reasonable. This is nothing to do with the cost or the job.

NoodleOodle Thu 03-Apr-14 23:37:22

I wouldn't discuss cleaning with customers but obviously cleaners should stand head bowed until it's deemed alright to enter.

The cleaner was probably just following orders, and it's the management that need to sort it out. That's why I think you've got your arse in your hand (yes, it's a great expression isn't it!), because you are taking the criticism as though it's aimed at the cleaner, or cleaners in particular. My criticism isn't at least, I think it's a rota issue, that management need to be made aware of. If they aren't, and don't do anything about it, the cleaner is going to get unnecessary aggro aimed at them from disgruntled customers when they're just trying to do their job, but their job is being mismanaged.

AdoraBell Thu 03-Apr-14 23:38:15

They should arrange the cleaning for after the gym closes. Not completely of course, but at least to finish after closing.


ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 23:39:08

I complained to reception and the guy working said he would mention it to the cleaning staff but "at the end of the day they all want to leave at a reasonable hour too"

Why is the cleaner getting bashed and not the guy at reception.

All the cleaner did was ask the OP to use a diffrent shower for what ever reason.

It was the receptionist who made out the cleaner just wanted to finish on time.

giannna Thu 03-Apr-14 23:43:38

It does make me laugh on threads like this when cleaners pop out of the woodwork and turn it into a rant about how the public treat cleaners, because they have a chip on their shoulder!

andsmile Thu 03-Apr-14 23:44:11

I think I might be a member of the same branded naice gym as we too pay thereabout that much as a family.

Id flip my lid of I was told I could not access a facility whent he gym is open, especially so early in the evening. I would have used the showers, you bloody well pay enough, and if its anythign like ours they always cutting back and trying to sell you stuff.

The oly thing that closes earlier is the lounge for food and drink orders but you can still sit in there.


andsmile Thu 03-Apr-14 23:45:44

How do you know the cleaner was following orders?

They have no right to precent access to something that has been paid for.

We have cleaners about all the time.

Mydelilah Thu 03-Apr-14 23:51:34

£55 is very expensive for a gym (I am Central London and the going rate round here is £40 - admittedly not a super chain like this one). If I paid that price, I think I'd expect a clean shower each time I used them, this not a dig at cleaners, but the gym should be staffed to provide exemplary levels of cleanliness.


ICanSeeTheSun Thu 03-Apr-14 23:52:01

I pride myself in my work and would hate anybody to use a dirty shower. I check these areas around about 5 times during an 7.5 hour shift.

Famzilla Fri 04-Apr-14 00:06:16

My (Corporate) gym membership is £55 a month at a well know leisure brand. (Think non corporate is a lot more).

There's no way I could see this happening at my gym. Like you, I would have just used whatever bloody shower I liked and then complained to the manager as obviously the receptionist wouldn't have got anything done.

thinkingaboutfostering Fri 04-Apr-14 00:26:47

This used to happen at a gum I was a member of. Gum was also a well known chain and was around the same price.
Cleaners would do one side of the showers first and then the other and would direct you to the shower they wanted you to use. What used to really annoy me though was the fact that they were all wearing headphones listening to music humming along to whatever they were listening to. It also seemed very few of them spoke good (or indeed any) English. hmm

But what was really really annoying was when they washed the showers they used a pressure washer type thing with cold water. If they were cleaning the shower opposite you the spray would bounce back and over the door of the showers drenching you in cold water. On several occasions as I came out of the shower I got a cold soaking. The cleaner completely oblivious as she had not heard due to her music blaring from her headphones. Despite my complaining several times nothing changed. I simply stopped using the showers preferring to go joke and shower there and then when my contract came around I did not renew.

Tanith Fri 04-Apr-14 07:36:04

What on earth are you complaining about, Op? confused

The cleaner had just cleaned the showers on the left and asked if you'd mind not using them.

Nothing about going home on time, nor did she physically prevent you from using them. In fact, you refused to take any notice and used them anyway. Up to you, I suppose.

So why did you complain to Reception? Why did you post on here? And you're seriously thinking of taking things further?

Balaboosta Fri 04-Apr-14 07:38:52


I get exclusive country club membership for £55 per month. I think that's a lot for a chain gym membership

t3rr3gl35 Fri 04-Apr-14 08:54:51

Not anything to contribute to this thread as think it's all been said by PP's re poor management but gamerchick - wouldn't mind knowing what the chemicals you use are...have a bit of a cleaning fetish and anything that strips gunk more efficiently than the stuff I buy in the supermarket is of much interest to me grin

WooWooOwl Fri 04-Apr-14 09:37:34

I'm amazed that anyone thinks YABU.

The cleaner shouldn't be using harsh chemicals while customers are still using the facilities. We don't know whether she was or she wasn't, but as she didn't use that as a reason, and the receptionist said it was about going home at a reasonable hour, then we can probably assume, that chemicals had nothing to do with it.

If the management of the cleaners is poor, meaning that they can't do their job within their contracted hours at the same time as allowing customers to use the facilities they are paying to use, then that's a very strong reason to complain about it to management.

The receptionist was unprofessional in his response to the OP, and his supervisor should be made aware of that as well to prevent it happening again.

Presumably this company wants it's customers to be satisfied, and if they aren't satisfied because they have very valid reason not to be, then they will want to know about it.

RiverTam Fri 04-Apr-14 09:47:35

if the gym is open until 10.30, the customers can be using it until then, which surely means that cleaners need to be there after that time, (or before they open in the morning) so the management need to sort that out - because if the cleaners are expecting to leave before then, or bang on 10.30, that would suggest that not everything has been cleaned (or properly cleaned) for opening time the next day. Sounds like the work hours for the cleaners haven't been thought through very well.

gamerchick Fri 04-Apr-14 09:47:49

t3 I really wouldn't use these chemicals in the house. grin It's what they use in places with swimming pools and I had to use it in the gym I worked in to get pink body fat off the boxers showers.

Twas a pleasant job.

andsmile Fri 04-Apr-14 09:48:55

tanith there was a Q but they were not 'allowed' to use showers. Feck that Id have used them.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 04-Apr-14 09:54:37

It is little wonder people complain about the use of the word entitled. It is as applicable here as some think it is in benefit bashing threads.
Someone was working, they are probably on NMW, but you, OP because you've paid a membership the cleaner probably can't afford, don't want to wait for a minute or two to make life a tiny bit easier for somebody else. And then you come on here and complain about cleaner asking if you wouldn't mind. It wasn't an order, it was a request, but because the woman had the temerity to approach you...
Sorry, but that's the way your post comes across.

andsmile Fri 04-Apr-14 10:00:45

No I disagree if you pay for a premium gym membership that is sold to you as such - 3 hour show around and detailed contracts then I expect to use a showe when I am ready to use it if there is one available.

I am entitled because that is the service I have paid for and they have agreed to deliver.

gabcat Fri 04-Apr-14 10:08:51

YANBU. If you've paid £55 a month you are definitely entitled to use the shower 2.5 hours before closing time.

WooWooOwl Fri 04-Apr-14 10:10:36

The cleaners wages and ability to afford a gym membership are completely irrelevant, and the OP was asked to wait more than a couple of minutes.

Neither she nor the cleaner knew how long she would be expected to wait, I take bloody ages washing my hair, especially at the gym which is pretty much the only time I'm in the shower and not in a hurry!

There is no good reason to expect the OP to wait when the facilities she has a right to use were available.

It is not entitled to want to receive what you pay for.

Badlands Fri 04-Apr-14 10:11:27

I'm sorry but this is all very bizarre. The OP is paying a sum to a large corporate for the use of facilities as per her consumer contract. Management needs to organise things such that their customers are able to receive the goods, facilities and services they have contracted for during the times they are contracted to provide them.

No one should therefore be taking those facilities out of action, either through use of harsh chemicals (should be done out of hours) or to expedite their ability to meet their contractual commitments (ie all showers to be cleaned by 1030 concurrently with gym usage) due to their contracted working hours. Employees or subcontractors who provide services which take these facilities out of service should be contracted, and paid a premium in my opinion, to work outside of opening hours.

Why should the OP inconvenience herself so that the owner and shareholders of the corporate can take a fatter dividend than if they were employing and contracting for services properly, and paying accordingly, to deliver on customer expectations?

It is not about the human rights of the cleaner vs the ops, "menial" jobs, entitlement etc. It is about business management. If she doesn't complain, how will the management know their customers are not happy with the trade offs the management are making when running their business?

OP, you shouldn't complain about the cleaner, you should complain about the situation. The cleaner is probably contracted to do what she did, or needs to do it in order to meet the terms of her contract/objectives, and that is what is unreasonable - and that's a management responsibility.

MissMooMoo Fri 04-Apr-14 10:23:32

I did not complain about a certain cleaner, I complained that the showers were not available for use and that I should be able to use a shower 2 hours before closing time which I thought was unacceptable.
yes she asked if I did not mind, imfact I did mind waiting, I wanted to get home and have my dinner.
I think paying £55 a month is relevant, I pay that much because I am paying for good service and nice facilities, if the cleaner gets nmw is irrelevant.

IamaBreastfeedingTramp Fri 04-Apr-14 10:34:33


I wonder if she was slowly 'closing' all the showers? Perhaps an hour before closing there was a long queue for one shower!

Yes you are entitled to use a free shower in a gym you have paid for. At £55 a month I bet the high standard of their facilities are one of the selling points and you can bet theres no mention of queuing for showers.

If she had said there were dangerous chemicals in the shower that would have been entirely different. But she didn't. Really, if that was the case, one cubicle should be done at a time anyway.

I think the guy on reception was totally out of line. Pretty sure "we want to go home too" doesn't represent the views of the chain he works for. I would complain about his response.

The cleaners on here have chips on their shoulders.

AlpacaPicnic Fri 04-Apr-14 10:59:32

YANBU in the slightest. The showers should not be cleaned while the gym is open, because most people want to have a shower after their workout/swim. You are not complaining about the cleaner, but of the gym timing the cleaning while they are open and while many people want to use the facilities.
If there had been some sort of emergency clean, then that is different, but the reply of the person on reception would indicate otherwise.

I work in a public building and we don't have cleaners in while we are open, they come after we are closed or before we open in the morning. If they were mopping our marble floors and staircase while we were open, so people could not get to the various floors of the building, then we would have no end of complaints. In fact, we had a complaint that one of the two staircases was out of action, because someone had fallen and cut themself, the blood needed to be mopped away and so the staircase was unsafe to use. There was another one just feet away, but someone still complained!

Viviennemary Fri 04-Apr-14 11:05:10

YANBU. And it was two hours before it closed.

Lemonfairydust Fri 04-Apr-14 12:01:17

YANBU, if I was paying for a facility, I'd expect to be able to use it. I understand people wanting to get home on time after work, but that doesn't mean that the paying gym users should suffer so the cleaners can go home. How long does it take to clean a shower btw? 2 hours?!

AuroraRoared Fri 04-Apr-14 12:42:48

Slightly ot, but what on earth is pink body fat?? confused

OP, YANBU. I would complain about this too.

gamerchick Fri 04-Apr-14 13:25:41

Pink body fat is what come off us when showering and builds up. You may notice it sometimes in your bathroom.. pink on the walls or in the grouting. It's easy cleaned off but will always happen.

JuniperHeartwand Fri 04-Apr-14 13:40:57

Uh, I think "pink body fat" is actually limescale from the water, gamerchick. In London it's notoriously orange.

kotinka Fri 04-Apr-14 13:46:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gamerchick Fri 04-Apr-14 13:56:37

its amusing that people shy away from what occurs naturally.. the products i've used get rid of body fats and limescale.. maybe it's just so important it get's mentioned twice? grin

Badlands Fri 04-Apr-14 14:42:04

I would imagine it is more grease from skin, and residue fats/grease from products eg lanolin etc, and then there is mould which feeds on it which is pink/orange colour:

"Due to its abundant presence in the environment, and its preference for damp conditions, S. marcescens is commonly found growing in bathrooms (especially on tile grout, shower corners, toilet water line, and basin), where it manifests as a pink, pink-orange, or orange discoloration and slimy film feeding off phosphorus-containing materials or fatty substances such as soap and shampoo residue." From here

The chemicals will be kill the mould.

The last time I looked the human body didn't exude actual adipose tissue through the skin. But skin oils, greasy residue, yes.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Fri 04-Apr-14 20:31:08

Oh god how I wish my body exuded adipose tissue through the skin!

andsmile Fri 04-Apr-14 21:11:40

exudes <snurks>

mousmous Fri 04-Apr-14 21:13:18

I assume it's just pink mould/bacteria growth <shrugs> as long as it cleans off...

gamerchick Fri 04-Apr-14 21:30:58

ah man imagine if you could get rid of your proper fat that way? We'd all be sparkly clean skinny grin

SocialNeedier Fri 04-Apr-14 21:45:37

MN never fails to deliver.

I read the OP thinking 'nobody could possibly think that was reasonable. This has got to be a unanimous YANBU.'

But nooooo...

andsmile Fri 04-Apr-14 22:07:18

pink mould on your butt mousmous <sniggers>

WitchWay Fri 04-Apr-14 22:10:44

I'd just pick out any obvious pubes & not mention it in future.

ThePinkOcelot Fri 04-Apr-14 23:16:52

OP YADNBU. Can't really understand how anyone thinks you are!

Same as going in to a restaurant, you order your meal, pay for it then are told sorry, turned the ovens off we close in 2 hours! Those of you who think OP IBU, would you be happy with that?!

exbrummie Sat 05-Apr-14 08:48:15

My dd is a cleaner (or domestic as they are called) at a gym.
Yanbu op, she says the showers are given a good clean once a shift,and although it's annoying when someone uses it as soon as you have cleaned it,it's just part of the job. It is an ongoing cycle showers are cleaned then they get used again.
Mind you some people are very entitled,she was recently called over the tannoy because a lady had dropped her keys in the bin and expected her to get them out! She did it because she hasn't been there long and didn't want to rock the boat.

t3rr3gl35 Sat 05-Apr-14 09:17:45

gamerchick - I love that you are an expert on pink body fat grin Not something I've ever heard of before yesterday. Can recommend steam cleaner to prevent buildup as have never had it in my showers (stealth boast?) and always assumed it was staining from coloured shampoo or body wash when I've stayed with friends.

Sorry Op - not meaning to hijack.

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