The war on police is coming to a town near you, and it may even infiltrate you local workout spot.
In the East Atlanta Village, a collection of niche tattoo parlors and gastropubs line the street. It is without a doubt the trendy new spot where the hipster elite come to play in the capital of the South, complete with dirt-chic fashion, coffee-obsessed and well-coiffed cool kids, and predictably pedantic attitudes.
Directly across the street from one of the several punk rock music clubs sits an oddity, however, in the East Atlanta Barbell Club: A gym dedicated to the cult of “Crossfit”.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of Crossfit, the designation belongs to a style of gym in which you spend a fortune in order to compete in painfully misguided exercises meant to “confuse” your body, breaking down and rebuilding muscle at breakneck speed. Fears of rhabdomyolysis aside, the expensive workout plan has become one of the hottest trends in sweating today, with a vast number of Crossfit-specific establishment opening over the course of the last 5 years.
One such Crossfit establishment’s owner, however, is causing some controversy in the East Atlanta Village by posting a warning to any police officers who may wish to frequent his gym. That warning stated “No F*****g cops”.
“11Alive’s Faith Abubey talked to the gym’s owner, who is not making any apologies for putting up the sign.
“‘It was really just that the vulgarity in that sign, and that seems to bring it out for people,’ said Jim Chambers, owner of the EAV Barbell Club on Flat Shoals Avenue in the city’s East Atlanta Village neighborhood
“Despite the backlash, Chambers says he still stands by the message it conveyed.
“‘We’ve had an explicitly stated ‘No Cop’ policy since we opened, and we also don’t open membership to active members of the military,’ he said.
“The Atlanta Police Department would not comment on the policy, but told 11Alive News, ‘Were we to respond to an emergency there, this sign would not stop us from lawfully doing our job.’
“Chambers says they never have, and won’t ever need the help of officers. He says he plans to put the “No Cop” sign back up without the foul language.”
Lawyers asked about the policy by 11Alive don’t believe that Chambers has broken any discrimination laws by enacting the policy, but still find the policy to be a bit absurd.
Chambers’ uncouth and childish view of the world has only been a small piece of the anti-police sentiment that has infected much of the nation. Thanks to groups like Black Lives Matter, who inspired the murder of 5 Dallas, TX police officers last year, American police forces have been subject to unfathomable discrimination in recent weeks. Not only do twerps such as Chambers publicly cry out for attention over their own feeble outlook, but a number of restaurants and shops throughout the nation have come under fire after individual employees have refused to treat police officers with the respect that they deserve.