College sophomore Sarah Villafañe posted a photo of her outfit after the incident and detailed what happened at the gym that day
“I’ve worn this same outfit all day. Went to three classes and spoke personally with each of my professors today and they didn’t have a problem. But when I walked into the gym they asked me to put on a different shirt,” she wrote on Facebook. “Obviously I didn’t bring an extra shirt to the gym and wasn’t about to wear my flannel while working out. So I just said ‘mhm OK’ and went about my workout pretty pissed off that they even asked me to change.”
At that point, amidst her exercise, Villafañe was drawn nearer by a rec center staff member and, later, that individual’s director, who revealed to her she expected to “put on a shirt” or she’d need to clear out:
“I literally bought this outfit to work out in because it’s COMFORTABLE,” Villafañe continued. “What is the issue? Why can’t I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85% male demographic that your gym serves? I’m forced to leave, WHY? Honestly I’m so floored that I just got kicked out for this. DO BETTER, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON.
“[EDIT:] The gym has since said that they kicked me out for ‘sanitary concerns.’ However, they never made those sanitary concerns clear when they asked me to change. They told me I need ‘more coverage’ and nothing more. Not to mention, their website has no written dress code anyway.”