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    Taking “No Pain, No Gain” Too Far

    | Columbia, MD, USA |

    (The power generator for the gym had a moderate fire, effectively shutting off all of the power inside. Because the PA system is dead, the employees sweep the gym and escort all of the members outside.)

    Me: “Sir, I’m sorry, but we need to evacuate. There’s been a minor emergency.”

    Gym member: “What? Why?”

    Me: “There’s been an emergency. Everyone has to leave.”

    Gym member: “I need to finish this set! I’ll be out in a minute! ”

    Me: “Yeah, I’ll just tell the fire to wait for you, then. ”

    (Meanwhile, firetrucks are approaching the building, and the sirens can be clearly heard.)

    Gym member: “This is ridiculous! I’m gonna talk to management! Where are they?!”

    Me: “Outside, because there’s a fire.”

    Gym member: “… let me get my water.”