Airlines these days count on some passengers not showing up when they overbook their flights.
But just wait a few weeks – it won’t be long before all those good intentions die. Perhaps the most vivid reminder came in a 2014 episode of the podcast Planet Money.
Planet Money visited Planet Fitness, one of the biggest gym chains in America.
For gyms, the calculus between how many memberships are used and how many are wasted is particularly important, since gyms pay so much in rent.
A gym needs a fair amount of space for its equipment, changing rooms and classrooms, but it also benefits from having conveniently located real estate.
He said: “We definitely do have people younger than 25- models for example who start their careers young and are already highly successful by this age.“Equally if you are over 45, say 46 or 47, and you are good looking and connected with a great career, we won’t turn you away just because you missed the age cut-off by a little.“And we also place high value on your social connections so if we see that you have lots of friends already on the site then you will get approved faster.”But surely all this does is encourage people to stick in their small social sphere, only dating people just like themselves.
David thinks that rather than encouraging snobbery and a limited worldview, it is offering people a greater chance at long-lasting love.This incredibly popular site, which launched in 2012, claims to connect only the ‘most attractive and inspiring singles’ via their website, app and at glamorous events around the world.Sounds great, and the singles out there are probably shouting ‘sign me up!’ to themselves as they trudge home from yet another bad date with a total loser.Well sorry, but you probably have absolutely zero chance of getting in.The gym had capacity to hold only about 300 people, but had signed up 6,000 total members.