A personal trainer who was exercising in her garden was stunned when her neighbour started shouting down at her to ‘stop screaming’, claiming it was infringing on her ‘human rights’. You can watch what happened below:
Fitness coach Joanne Groves (@joannegroves) was leading a session with a client in her back garden when her neighbour yelled at her.
“Can you stop screaming please?” she said as Groves carried out some lunges.
“You’re infringing my human rights.”
As a baffled Groves looked up, the neighbour repeated: “You’re screaming.”
Groves then replied to say she can’t have been ‘screaming’ as she had Covid – hence why she was forced to run the PT session from home.
“I’m hardly screaming, I’ve got Covid,” she said, before the neighbour cut her off saying: “You’ve got Covid and you’re out in your garden? Well that means I can’t go in the garden."
Groves, from Wimbledon in south-west London, clarified in the comments that she was exercising in her own, private garden, not a communal space.
Under the current guidance, those who test positive for Covid must self-isolate at home.
NHS advice states that, while people self-isolating should ‘not go out to exercise’, they can ‘exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one’.
Groves’ video soon went viral, racking up 7.2 million views, more than 630,000 likes and thousands of comments.
One person wrote: “I can’t believe this is real. SCREAMING? HUMAN RIGHTS? Is she okay?”
A second joked: “What a sad little life Jane.”
A third wrote: “People really gotta skip past ‘sorry, it’s just disturbing me a little’ and go right to ‘you’re infringing my human rights’.”
A fourth added: “This is hysterical.”
She also posted a follow-up video to show what had happened next, with Groves telling her neighbour: “Oh, for goodness sake, grow up.”
The neighbour then replied: “You f*** off.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Groves said: “I teach a 30 minute class outdoors online everyday, and I was talking my client through her moves. It's ironic because I wasn't shouting.
“She was clearly stressed.”
She added: “I haven't spoken to her since, she'll just have to wait to see that she went viral.”