A Vancouver couple must cough up $460 after pretending to cough on customers inside a private gym near False Creek.

Two VPD constables were flagged down outside the police station on Saturday night by the gym’s owner. He reported that two people who were not gym members had entered the business, were walking around without facemasks, and were coughing in the general direction of people and equipment.

The officers found a 60-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend as the exited a washroom inside the gym. The couple claimed they were only pretending to cough because people inside the gym were staring at them.

Police asked the couple to leave, but not before issuing them each $230 tickets under the Emergency Program Act for failing to wear face coverings.