The Chicago Loop Bally has a unique member on its staff – a security guard. Actually, the place has about four rotating sentinels. It’s probably another function of the location, as other downtown Bally clubs don’t employ guards.
The guards spend most of their time in the men’s locker room, stationed on a raggedy, rolling office chair near the lockers. It must be quite an assignment, surveying all the nakedness and assorted unpleasant visuals. Not to mention inhaling the distinct odors. To break the monotony, the guards will walk the floors of the club – although it seems like some of them only do so to watch whatever sports event is playing on the TV monitors.
You have to wonder what prompted the decision to hire security. We’ve never seen a female equivalent in the women’s locker room. Granted, we haven’t ventured into the space (hopefully, the security guard would act swiftly against any man who tried). And it’s unfathomable to imagine the lobby store is a target for shoplifters.
Were there incidents of theft or improprieties in the men’s locker room? Dangerous towel snapping or violence in the shower area? Unruly members taking offense over the failure to wipe down equipment after use?
The guards don’t appear to be armed, or even physically capable of overpowering anyone. The personal trainers would be better suited to subdue potential hooligans.
Enjoy your workout.