A local B.C. gym is at the centre of an RCMP investigation after a disturbing discovery. There was a hidden tanning bed camera found at Planet Fitness in Chilliwack. If you've ever been in a tanning bed, then you understand just how violating this is.
“We can confirm that a recording device was found in one of the tanning beds in our Chilliwack location,” senior public relations manager for Planet Fitness Becky Zirlen told Black Press Media via email.
The video camera "was immediately removed and reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The franchise owner is working closely with the police in this ongoing investigation and we do not have additional details to share at this time,” said Zirlen.
“There was a hidden video camera found in one of the beds and not just a cheap crappy camera,” a Facebook user Mary Douglas posted according to The Free Press.
“I’m talking about one that someone actually took the time to build into the bed. Staff are aware of it but have been told not to answer any questions,” Douglas continued.
The police in the Chilliwack area were made aware of the issue on Thursday, August 8 according to Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail who spoke to Narcity Media in a phone interview. In addition, other members of the local gym were not made aware of the issue until recently.
"We don't release details about ongoing investigations," said Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail in a phone interview with Narcity Media when asked why people weren't made aware of this investigation at the gym.
The gym is relatively new to the region having only opened up earlier this year. The hidden video camera was brought to light after several people posted about it on social media. The posts lead to questions being raised to both the RCMP and Planet Fitness location where the incident occurred.
However, the Chilliwack police are urging those members of the gym who think they might have been recorded to reach out to the police with additional details and information.
Additional details are not being given out regarding the nature of the investigation, or any further details about the internal investigations taking place at Planet Fitness.
If this has officially put you off tanning beds and tanning salons, why don't you just wait until next summer and go to these beautiful B.C. beaches and get a real tan sans hidden video cameras.