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4chan and Reddit team up to get a bully banned from his gym
Don’t be this guy. Seriously, don’t. The Internet Justice Machine will find you.
An iPad-wielding Australian man has been banned from his local gym after he covertly captured photos of patrons working out and posted them to Facebook to mock them.
“Here we see the amazing chicken man,” the man wrote on Facebook. “His 2% bodyfat is admired by bodybuilders and bulimic teenage girls alike.”
This post inspired Reddit’s r/fitness and 4chan’s /fit/ to track down his personal information so they could share his posts. Someone from either community spoke with the man’s mother, who then contacted the gym owner to notify him of the photos.
On Facebook, the photographer wrote that the gym owner got him on the phone, banned him from the premises and the rest of the chain, and called him a “piece of shit.”
“No shit, it was a massive dick move but I accepted that after the guy who owns the gym told me this sort of thing is a serious issue and not only hinders the positive development of certain people but also harms the whole industry,” the man wrote on Facebook after the fall out. “At the same time, though, I have this nagging voice saying ‘toughen the f**k up’ because I get called being fat on a daily basis.” (The man’s responses are highlighted in red below.)
“There are too many people in the world like this,” murshaqblack commented. “Run-of-the-mill douchebags lacking self-awareness, who in the end will always play the victim because they have learned denial and skewed morals where they are always ‘in the right,’ rather than just taking responsibility of their actions.”
Photo by jerryonlife/Flickr
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.