I’m a little torn between “LMAO” and “can you not” when it comes to this incident at a Planet Fitness in Michigan. It all started with a guest who was looking for available WiFi networks. He became very concerned upon noticing that one WiFi network that was within range was named “Remote Detonator”. The guest quickly brought it to the attention of the Planet Fitness manager, who then felt that the best course of action was to contact local police. He also evacuated the entire building.
After police arrived, they began to sweep the area and used a bomb-sniffing dog. Fortunately, nothing but sweaty towels were found. Planet Fitness remained closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the search for a possible bomb. The Saginaw Township Police have yet to find out who was behind the WiFi name that caused such a scare at Planet Fitness. However, it isn’t actually a crime they are pursuing because it’s under protected speech.
“Everything is perfectly legal from a police standpoint,” Michigan police chief Pussehl said. “There was no crime or threat. No call saying there was a bomb.” In fact, he recalled seeing a WiFi named “FBI surveillance van”.
Hey, if the police don’t wanna know, I’m still pretty curious to find out who did it.
While you may still be thinking that Planet Fitness swift decision to evacuate and involve police was a little… well… extra, the manager was actually just doing his job. A Planet Fitness spokesperson said that he was just following protocol.
On one hand, you almost always wanna err on the side of caution. We have no shortage of violent events in this country so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
On the other hand, I don’t know guys. Hypothetically, if I were to connect a remote detonator to WiFi where it can be seen and plans would be in danger of being foiled, I’d probably just change the WiFi name to CutePuppyFlowersHugs or the equivalent of something that doesn’t blatantly say “detonator”. However, if one was just setting it up it could show up as “remote detonator” by default if the person didn’t think to change it. So there’s some possibility of a credible threat.
Do you think Planet Fitness overreacted or do you think it’s better to be safe than sorry? Give us your thoughts in the comments!