A fitness instructor caught the shocking moment a staff member at her gym groped her while she was working out.
Fern, a 22-year-old who lives in the Philippines, was lifting weights at her local Supreme Fitness Gym when the staff member walked behind her.
As she films with a camera he doesn’t know is there, the man pauses, places his entire hand on her backside, and then keeps walking out of the shot.
Exercising: Fern, a 22-year-old who lives in the Philippines, was lifting weights at her local Supreme Fitness Gym when a staff member groped her
Gross: She caught him on camera pausing to place a palm on her backside as he walked by her
‘This dumba** touches my booty,’ she wrote in the video. ‘He didn’t know that I’m filming’
‘This dumba** touches my booty,’ she wrote in the video, which has been viewed 3.6 million times. ‘He didn’t know that I’m filming.’
The TikTok clip shows Ferm using weight equipment at her gym, bending over repeatedly to lift the heavy weights while wearing standard gym clothes of leggings and a tank top.
Part-way through one of her reps, a man in shorts, a blue shirt, and — oddly — sandals walks directly behind her.
He takes a moment to pause, bend over, and place his entire palm on her right butt cheek, turning his hand to fit it over her backside.
Fern, still holding the heavy weight, doesn’t stop or seem to react to the violation, but later posted it on TikTok.
‘Please idk what to do, he’s always doing this,’ she wrote.
Not OK! Fern said that this is something that has happened to her before, and that the man has harassed her regularly — and that she’d made complaints with no results
In a follow-up video, Fern said that this is something that has happened to her before, and that the man has harassed her regularly — and that she’d made complaints with no results.
She also tearfully responded to trolls, insisting she didn’t post the video for fame, but to spread awareness to other women not to let men do this to them.
Some commenters have been horrified on her behalf.
‘Why can’t people just keep their hands and eyes to themselves? Oh my god it’s not that hard,’ wrote one.
Others have insisted that she staged the groping and knows the man — an argument that’s received its own criticism.
‘Men: Why don’t you have proof? Men: Of course he was looking, you were filming, nothing happened. Men: It’s staged, this doesn’t happen,’ wrote one.
Success! Days later, Fern posted an update, showing a message she’d received from the gym saying the man had been fired
To trolls who asked why she didn’t react, other commenters pointed out that ‘shock is a thing.’
‘You guys clearly don’t understand how fear works. Most people in situations like this freeze up from shock,’ wrote another.
Days later, Fern posted an update, showing a message she’d received from the gym, revealing that the gym employee in question had been fired for ‘violating the rules of the management’.
‘The management wants to inform all the gym members that [redacted] who was worked as gym instructor at [redacted] has been terminated on June 06, 2021. It has been found out that Mr. [redacted] violated the rules of the management.’