New Jersey Gym Offers Free Memberships to Customers Who Aren’t Vaccinated

The owner of a New Jersey gym is offering free memberships to any new customer who is not vaccinated.

Ian Smith, co-owner of the Bellmawr-based Atilis Gym, earned controversy after taking to Twitter to with his provocative offer that he said was in response to the offer of free donuts for a vaccination by fast food chain Krispy Kreme.

“In light of @krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot,” Smith wrote on Tuesday, “here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to all who don’t get vaccinated. We believe in health – the real way – exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress.”

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Many covidspiracy theorists immediately jumped onto the gym owner’s tweet to attack him for “killing people” and for putting his customers at risk. Many others supported Smith’s tweet.

Tuesday’s tweet was not the first time that the gym owner stirred controversy over the coronavirus.

In May of last year, Smith defied New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home orders, keeping his gym open despite the orders to close up shop. Smith kept his establishment open drawing both supporters and protesters, and eventually the health department forcibly shut the gym down.

Smith excoriated the government’s actions, calling it a “gross abuse of power.”

The businessman also said that he had no intentions of meekly accepting the government’s rules, saying, “Absolutely not. We’re gonna defend our rights.”

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