March 4, 2017

YMCA won’t let members watch cable news while working out for ‘safety’ reasons

Greg Hadley, McClatchy - In the Greater Scranton, Pennsylvania, YMCA, there’s now one less way to elevate your blood pressure. That’s because the gym’s board of directors has voted to ban cable news from its building after several locker room and gym disputes over politics and news turned so heated that some members feared for their safety, according to multiple media reports.

While no physical fights have yet erupted over politics, the center’s CEO said several members have reported feeling threatened after political discussions turned “boisterous,” according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

One member told the Times-Tribune he was present during a locker room argument over cable news that progressed to the point of raised voices and “colorful” language, but did not go any further.

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