This story follows Arnold, a dedicated gym enthusiast who finds himself in a bit of a situation regarding his choice of workout attire. Despite facing some challenges, Arnold has been sticking to his unique style for years. Let’s dive into his experience and see how it all unfolded.
Arnold’s Fitness and Unique Wardrobe Choice
Arnold is a big guy who takes his fitness seriously, hitting the gym every day and juggling three different fitness regimes.
Juggling Three Regimes and “Ranger Panties”
He has a preference for wearing what he affectionately calls “ranger panties” – those short shorts that remind you of Magnum PI.
It’s a bold choice, and while he does attract some attention, it’s mostly from older men who roll their eyes.
Unfazed by Attention
Occasionally, women stare, but overall Arnold’s been wearing these shorts for years without major issues.
New Gym Member’s Interest
However, a recent addition to his gym community changed the dynamics. A woman joined the gym who seemed unusually interested in Arnold’s legs.
Every time she spotted him, she’d walk over and strike up a friendly conversation, which Arnold enjoyed.
Husband’s Meltdown Over Arnold’s Attire
However, things took a turn when her husband came along one day. Upon seeing his wife talking to Arnold, he seemed to have a meltdown!
He confronted Arnold about his choice of attire, questioning whether he thought his shorts were appropriate attire for the gym.
Arnold’s Hilarious Retort
Never one to back down, Arnold responded in his own hilarious way – he asked the husband not to objectify him simply for being beautiful!
Gym Staff Intervenes
Arnold was very comfortable in his own skin. This retort did NOT sit well with the husband, who got increasingly upset.
The gym staff got involved at this point and asked Arnold to cover up a bit more, just temporarily. Arnold agreed to this request.
So the next day, he rocked up to the gym wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and even smaller shorts!
Strangely, this didn’t seem to satisfy the woman’s husband! When Arnold arrived in his revised outfit, the husband was there again, and he lost his cool once more.
Gym Staff Intervenes
The gym staff stepped in once again to address the situation and talk to Arnold.
Arnold Stands His Ground
Arnold, feeling a bit frustrated, pointed out that he’s been wearing this kind of outfit to work out for years without issues.
He also told the staff, “I’ve seen women wear a hell of a lot less,” which never seemed to be a problem, so he would not be changing his outfits anytime soon.
Seeking Perspective on Gym Attire Dilemma
In response, the gym staff’s reaction was pretty much a shoulder shrug. They didn’t make a big deal about it. So, here’s where Arnold turned to Reddit for some perspective.
He wanted to know if he was being unreasonable in his choice of workout attire. He’s been sticking to his style for years and feels that he’s not doing anything out of the ordinary, given the gym’s atmosphere.
Arnold – A Hero to Many
Reddit had a field day with Arnold’s situation, and the responses poured in with a mixture of humor and support.
One user couldn’t help but laugh, calling the level of pettiness dangerously close to jerk territory but confessing an inability to be mad at Arnold!
Policing Clothing Choices
Many held the view that policing someone’s clothing and then blaming them for others’ reactions is undoubtedly jerk behavior.
Arnold’s shorts’ attention-grabbing nature didn’t go unnoticed, with one user humorously mentioning a hypothetical “crotch chandelier.” They suggested that as long as this wasn’t the case, Arnold was free to wear whatever he pleased.
Virtual Hero Status
One user said, “You are, in fact, my hero.” to which Arnold replied, “First time being called a hero because of my shorts. I love it.” Ultimately, Reddit gave Arnold the virtual thumbs up to keep being his confident self, with one user even suggesting he upgrade to shorts with tassels for an added flair!
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