A New York man is suing his gym for what he described as a "foreign white substance" in the steam room.
Imagine you're relaxing in the steam room after a hard workout. You causally reach back, and feel something wet. Wondering what this foreign substance is, you look at your palm to discover a gooey lump of semen. That would be pretty bad. What would be even worse is if you slipped in this semen, fractured your shoulder and were forced to lay helplessly in the aforementioned semen as you wait for help to arrive. That's pretty much what happened to Marc Moskowitz at a Bally's Total Fitness and now he's suing.
Via NY Daily News: A New York man is suing his gym for damages after he fractured a shoulder by slipping and falling in the steam room on what he described as a "foreign white substance." Marc Moskowitz claimed in court papers that managers at the Bally Total Fitness gym on E. 55th St. were aware that gay "cruising and lewd behaviour" is "commonplace at the steam room, sauna and locker rooms. As a result of the aforementioned activities, there was bodily fluids and other evidence of sexual activity wherever it occurred throughout the gym," according to Moskowitz's suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Instead of having staffers clean the areas, Bally simply "left a hose and liquid soap" for people to clean up themselves, the papers state. As a result, Moskowitz claims, he took a tumble last August and needed surgery to repair his shoulder. Moskowitz, 66, who lives on the upper East Side, did not state in the papers how much he was seeking in damages. In the lawsuit, Moskowitz defined "cruising" as "the act of searching for homosexual partners in public places" and claimed "it is prevalent at Bally's across the country."
Moskowitz also insisted he had no idea these kinds of sexual shenanigans were going on when he joined the gym. "In fact, I didn't know about it," his lawyer, David Grover said. "Unless you're involved in that lifestyle you would not know that." Moskowitz is not gay, Grover added. "They used to have somebody at the gym who monitored this kind of activity and stopped it from happening," the lawyer said. "A few years ago, they stopped doing this."
Chances are Moskowitz knew more than he's letting on. We already avoid all communal showers and steam rooms thanks to the plethora of old, naked men showing off their junk, but if that weren't deterrent enough, you can add this to the list.