Last month, a man had to go to the washroom. So he entered Planet Fitness, the health club on Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn.
The man was told by a staff member that the washrooms were for customers only. It is a long standing policy of many businesses and even caught the attention of the City of Chicago Council last year when they discussed an ordinance to force businesses to open their washrooms to non-customers.
Oak Lawn doesn’t have an ordinance forcing a business to open its washroom to a non-customer. The man was told the policy and asked to leave. As he left, a witness claimed, the man took a switch blade knife out of his front pocket, placed it in his back pocket and walked out the door. After exiting Planet Fitness, it is alleged that the man, “urinated” on the building.
The police were called and found a man, identified as Rashied Mays, in the parking lot who matched the description. A search of the man found the knife. Mays allegedly told the police that he had the knife for “protection”.
The Planet Fitness employee identified Mays as the perpetrator. She claimed that she suggested Mays use the White Castle restroom since Planet Fitness is for members only. She said that Mays did not threaten her with the knife but told her he was concerned about someone in the parking lot.
Instead of using the White Castle restroom, the employee alleged that Mays used the front of the building to relieve himself. He was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon. Mays is a 40 year old black male who provided a Chicago address to police.