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A company that operates four branches nationwide, including Incheon, Gunpo, and Suwon.

Repeated closure of sports facilities… Expert: “Companies should be required to sign up for warranty insurance”

A sudden notice of closure of Pilates company

A sudden notice of closure of Pilates company

(Sejong = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kang Soo-hwan = A Pilates company that had been operating near the Sejong Government Complex, claiming to be ‘the largest in Sejong City,’ suddenly announced its closure, raising suspicions of a ‘run-and-run’.

According to the Sejong Southern Police Station on the 22nd, there have been more than 20 reports of damage from members who have been taking classes at Pilates company A in Eojin-dong since last week.

This company, which notified members of its closure on the 13th, posted a notice announcing its closure on the 19th, saying, “Due to continuous losses since opening, we have been unable to overcome management difficulties and have entered bankruptcy proceedings.”

Mr. B (30s), who has been learning Pilates at this company for nearly a year, said, “I never imagined something like this would happen as it was advertised as the largest in Sejong City,” and “Until recently, we were working hard to recruit members through aggressive marketing, but who “Even just looking at it, it looks like an intentional ‘rip-off.’” He expressed his anger.

According to the victims, this company has been conducting aggressive marketing, including membership discounts, from October last year until recently.

However, it is known that the management of this company was so bad that the instructors’ wages were delayed by about two months.

In addition to Sejong City, the damage is expected to increase as the same Pilates company is known to exist in three other metropolitan areas, including Incheon, Gunpo, and Suwon.

Larose.VIP contacted the business owner and business partner several times to hear their position, but was unable to reach them.

As the sudden closure of Pilates companies continues, voices calling for institutional improvements for consumers are growing.

Previously, in April and July of last year, large Pilates companies suddenly stopped operations in Cheonan and Daejeon, South Chungcheong Province, and members collectively sued the company representatives.

As the damage from the closure of sports facilities continued, a bill to amend the Sports Facilities Act was proposed in the National Assembly, which aims to require sports facility operators to subscribe to guarantee insurance to guarantee refunds of usage fees, but it is currently pending in the standing committee.

Lee Young-ae, a professor of consumer studies at Incheon National University, said, “If this kind of damage continues, a vicious cycle will repeat itself, with consumers losing trust in the sports facility market itself.” He added, “When consumers do e-commerce, they can check whether the company has signed up for damage compensation insurance.” “Just like that, we need to protect consumers by forcing sports facility companies to sign up for warranty insurance,” he said.

Company A carried out aggressive marketing until just before closing down.

Company A carried out aggressive marketing until just before closing down.

swan@yna.co.kr

Report to Kakao Talk okjebo 2024/02/22 21:14 Sent

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