Forget “Night at the Museum.”
Dan Hill — who learned the hard way that 24/7 is really just a figure of speech — is all about “night at the gym.”
The Sandy, Utah, fitness buff had just finished his regular laps in the swimming pool at his local 24 Hour Fitness gym after midnight on Saturday when he realized that he was locked in, leaving him “completely baffled,” Hill told Insider. The gym, he found out, recently truncated its hours to close between midnight and 4 a.m.
“I honestly couldn’t believe they would have left without making sure that a giant place like that was empty,” he said.
But the good sport did what any gym rat worth his weight in sweat would do in this predicament: He shared the experience with his Facebook friends.
“I am literally locked inside 24 hour fitness right now,” he wrote late Saturday night. “They closed the doors and went home while I was swimming my laps in the pool. Doesn’t the name suggest that they stay open 24 hours? Walking around trying to figure out how to get out. I called Sandy dispatch. They told me they’d call me back. I called my wife, she said find a comfortable place to sleep.”
He managed to work up a sweat — and not from his workout. Afraid to set off the security alarm, Hill waited two hours for police to rescue him, presumably with no PowerBars to ward off starvation.
But all’s well that ends well: Hill, who plans to remain a member of the gym, now carries a sign to be mounted next to the lap pool blaring, “I’m here.”
“Everyone makes mistakes,” he said. “This was just funny enough to be interesting I guess.”
Swedish furniture store Ikea recently had the opposite problem: It pleaded its customers to stop intentionally sleeping overnight in its stores — a phenomenon that came to be known as “The 24 Challenge” among trouble-making teens. The prank began back in 2016, when the store reported nearly a dozen unauthorized slumber parties around the world, the Guardian reported.
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