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WATCH: Have YOU Ever Stolen a Gym Towel?

The Columbia Association's towel expenses have made front page news.

The issue of is back on the forefront of local conversation after the Wall Street Journal included the CA’s $500,000-a-year costs to replace and maintain towels in a national story about "terry-cloth bandits."

It costs between $50,000 and $60,000 to replace the towels, which are provided at CA-operated gyms, CA officials said. The rest of the towel maintenance money is spent on washing, drying, folding and bleaching them, officials said.

Lee Richardson April 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
It was foolish to release the information and simply say 42,000 towels were taken home by members annually. There could be some larger scale thefts occuring that involve the people who clean, stack, distribute or otherwise handle them in quantity. If 125 towels are leaving in the possession of members/customers daily all year long, who checked it carefully over a period of weeks at the sites to verify? There is no evidence cited at all about who took 'em in announcing the loss of $50,000-$60,000. Were some or many ruined or destroyed in everyday use? Is any time of year at any location when these losses are especially high? Any examples of people being seen taking one or a bunch?
adhdsupermom April 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Why would anyone want to take a gym towel? They are not high quality designer towels that one would be overcome with the temptation to own. If people can afford the gym membership, I think they can afford to buy their own towels at home. This makes no sense.

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