Utah man trapped in 24 Hour Fitness after employees lock up and leave

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A Utah man’s dispatches from the gym are gaining notoriety online after he was trapped in a 24 Hour Fitness in Sandy because staff locked up late at night and left while he was swimming laps alone in the pool.

“Doesn’t the name suggest that they stay open 24 hours?” Dan Hill wrote in an after-midnight Facebook message he posted while locked in the gym early Sunday.

Hill told FOX 13 he’d been going to the 24 Hour Fitness for years and enjoyed the solitude of late-night workouts.

“You don’t have to wait for machines,” he said. “The pool is always just glass.”

But normally he gets to leave when he’s done. Instead Hill found the doors of the gym securely locked both inside and out.

“There’s nothing you can switch and open up and let them close behind you,” he said.

Hill searched the gym for a way out, roaming the office space and shooting selfies in the workout rooms, shrugging helplessly in front of stability balls and suspension straps, and pretending to cry out for help near a row of exercise bikes.

Dan Hill poses for a selfie Jan. 12, 2020 in a vacant 24 Hour Fitness in Sandy, where he was trapped when employees locked up and left while he was swimming alone in the pool.
Dan Hill poses for a selfie Jan. 12, 2020 in a vacant 24 Hour Fitness in Sandy, where he was trapped when employees locked up and left while he was swimming alone in the pool.

Finally he called 911 dispatchers for help. “They told me they’d call me back,” Hill wrote. “I called my wife, she said find a comfortable place to sleep.”

Police arrived less than an hour after he posted the photos, which have now been shared thousands of times.

“I’m amazed that it’s turned into what it has,” Hill said. See more at FOX 13.

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune and FOX 13 are content-sharing partners.

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