Bleg: On Exceptions to Rules
There is a man I see at the gym nearly every day. He is probably over 75. His workout routine is to do a slow walk on the treadmill for about 20 minutes.
The interesting thing about this guy is what he wears to the gym. He takes his walk on the treadmill in baggy dress slacks, a button front shirt, and what appear to be black orthopedic shoes and not sneakers. When his work out is done. He puts on a sweater and a blazer and leaves the workout area.
He is the only person at the gym (including a lot of other elderly people) who does not wear work-out clothing. I am of two minds of this. On the one hand, he is probably not going at a fast enough speed to hurt himself so it is okay that he is not wearing gym clothing. On the other hand, the rules require that everyone else wear gym clothing for safety reasons and the gym as plenty of elderly patrons who are capable of putting on sweats and other athletic gear for their workouts. I am not sure why this gentlemen gets to be an exception to the rules. I’m intrigued by why the staff just ignores him because I’ve seen them very politely but firmly tell other people about work-out clothing and other violations of gym rules.
Do you have any similar stories about seeing someone who was seemingly an exception to a universal rule in a situation? What was your reaction? Should people care when we see these exceptions or violations or just be cool and let them be?
There is nothing about what this guy does that hinders my work-out or the work-out except perhaps a fear that one day he is going to get hurt because he is not wearing gym clothing and then it will be a real mess.
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