A man in South Africa has been caught on camera masturbating near a woman doing squats in a gym, earning himself viral infamy and getting banned for life from the gym in the process.

The hideous scene was recorded by an onlooker who was sitting nearby on an exercise bike at Virgin Active gym in Stellenbosch, a university town in Western Cape, according to the Daily Mail.

As a woman was doing weighted squats, the young man sits close by on an exercise mat with his right hand holding his phone out while his other hand appeared to be moving rapidly inside his shorts as he has a towel over his lap.

The video of the sex act was quickly posted to social media along with the caption:

“I want this man’s face to go viral. This was at the Virgin Active in Stellenbosch @virginactiveSA. Absolutely abysmal behaviour.”

The Virgin Active branch responded to the incident with a vow to take immediate action against the man for his “depraved behavior,” while also terminating his membership, according to News 24He will also be blocked from joining any branches of the gym chain for the remainder of his life.

A spokesman for the gym said:

“Virgin Active is aware of a video circulating on social media and WhatsApp … Our clubs are shared spaces and we will absolutely not tolerate depraved behaviour… We commenced our investigation as soon as we received the video. We have identified the member in question and have terminated his membership with immediate effect.”

The reaction on social media was swift, with a few Twitter users joking about the incident and the broad majority denouncing the man’s completely inappropriate public conduct.

One user commented:

“Guys I don’t feel comfortable about a man masturbatig in a public space. I don’t think it is funny. I have nieces……this #virginactive story is FAR from funny for me. The space is unsafe for women.”

While another wrote:

“The #virginactive pervert is a sexual predator & some men are actually out here defending him. If he cant control his urges in public just imagine what other despicable acts he’s capable of. These are the type of men that grab little kids in bathrooms but carry on laughing mxm.”

It remains unclear whether the police are investigating the video, which surely would have landed the man on a sex offender registry if he were filmed in the United States.

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