Dickson was a member of Cardinal Fitness since June 23. He suffered from polio as a kid so he relies on physical therapy to keep him going.
However, he became upset and frustrated when he discovered his gym was closed. His frustration grew when he discovered the fitness center charged him full membership the day before shutting down several locations.
Dickson said it was not long until he received two letters. He said one letter was from LA Fitness stating he was now a member of their gym and the other letter was a statement from his bank.
Dickson said he was charged $200 the day before Cardinal Fitness closed six of its locations last week without notice.
"You have communication ability,” said Dickson. “You have got my cell phone number, my wife's cell phone number and my home number. It is kind of amazing that they would do that."
Out of 13 Central Indiana locations, the gyms in Broad Ripple, Greenwood, Geist, North Michigan Road, Pendleton Pike and Southport Road were affected.
Many members learned of the closings when they showed up to find an empty building, locked doors and a letter posted on the window.
The letter said in part "operating expenses, marketing costs, and an incredible amount of new competition has increased to the point that competing is no longer possible."
Dickson said he called Cardinal Fitness’ corporate office several times but was unable to get through to anyone.
"No returned phone calls, no communication by letter, email or phone call,” said Dickson. “It makes it a little more difficult to realize how I can get a return here."
Dickson turned to Fox59 for help. Fox59 called and was able to speak with a representative. Cardinal Fitness' corporate office said they were not intentionally ignoring Dickson’s calls, but they were just dealing with a lot of people in the same position as Dickson.
The woman told Fox59 records indicated Dickson had money on his account. She said Dickson would need to provide a valid address and they would send him a check.
The representative told Fox59 that anyone in a situation similar to Dickson should call (425) 413-5106.
When the locations closed, the company announced members who were affected would have their memberships honored at LA Fitness centers. Additionally, many other gyms and fitness centers in Indianapolis stepped up and offered discounts and free memberships for the members.
Dickson said he is now a member of LA Fitness. He said the gym offered him a membership deal he could not refuse.
Cardinal Fitness still operates nine locations in Indiana, including centers in Avon, one in Bloomington, two on the west side, Noblesville, East Washington and Fishers.