Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation right now. I mean people say things like this all the time, but this time it’s actually is true. People everywhere are either playing Pokemon Go, or they are making fun of people who are. Social media is totally alive with photos of people involved in the game, or of haters who are acting way too cool to even think about doing it.
What is Pokemon Go? Well if you grow up in a certain age you know the game is all about collecting as well as imagination. Combine that with the fact that everyone in the world and their grandmother (and I mean that literally) now has a smart phone, then inventing an app version of Pokemon where a player goes out in the real world and it suddenly all makes a lot of sense. In the game, Pokemon are all around us, and you gotta catch ’em all.
Which is great, except for one thing: when a bunch of people just go wandering around following an app to nowhere, then some bad things are bound to happen. What sort of bad things? Well, to my knowledge no one has actually died yet, but there have been a ton of robberies, and a fair amount of people falling down and just generally acting stupid.
Here are the 15 Worst Things That Have Happened To People Playing Pokemon Go. So far. By the end of the day there will probably be a few more out there.
15. Pokemon Players Harass The Cops In Australia
It seems like some cops in Australia are having a bit of a hard time because of Pokemon Go, although they are taking it like champs, like most Australians do. Players keep walking in the police station. According to this piece in Engadget, “It may seem like advice that shouldn’t need to be said, but apparently players around the Darwin Police Station in northern Australia needed just that warning, as the police station itself is marked as a Poké Stop in Pokémon Go itself, which provides items like Poké Balls to players to get near the area and spin the location’s icon. Of course, you can do this without actually walking inside the location, and can even do it from a few feet away as you cruise by in a car or walk by it if possible, like most of the other landmarks in the game.”
14. Players Hang Out In Graveyard
What sounds more fun than getting on your smartphones and chasing a bunch of Pokemons through a graveyard in Indianapolis? Well, in reality just about anything, but tell that to a bunch of people who kept doing just that. Chris Cooke, superintendent of the cemeteries of Indianapolis had this to say about it: “You’re not supposed to be in here at night because it’s not safe… What people don’t realize is they could be in here at night and just see trees on the ground but they’re not able to see what’s up. There’s stuff that’s hanging and it could fall at any time.” Seriously Chris? What a buzzkill, if I had to guess I would think he was just jealous, as there is no other logical explanation for him being such a Pokemon hater.
13. Pokemon Go Ruins Family Vacations
A woman named Amy Biebrich is just so totally angry because Pokemon Go destroyed her family vacation. “We’re wandering around looking for Pokémons, interrupting our sightseeing. Instead of actually seeing what we’re supposed to see, we’re now looking for little creatures and hatching eggs,” she said. “I’m not a big fan. I wish that they’d be more focused on seeing the history that’s sitting here in front of us.”
This is the kind of thing that generation gaps are made for. The only thing that probably makes her kids more happy than Pokemon Go, is driving their mom crazy. Pokemon Go is like the new punk rock for the under 11 set, apparently. And for anyone else that wants to irritate moms, or those that act like them.
12. Man Falls Off Skateboard Looking For Squirtle
All sorts of bad stuff is going down when it comes to injuries as well. According to the New York Post, Mike Schultz, 21, “took a spill on his skateboard as he stared at his phone while cruising for critters early Thursday.” He cut his hand on the sidewalk after hitting a big crack, and blames himself for going too slowly.
“I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokemons nearby to catch,” he says. “I don’t think the company is really at fault.” This is an outrage? A man fell off a skateboard looking for Pokemon characters? What next? Is someone going to fall off a cliff? Well actually yes, that happens a little bit farther down the list, thanks for asking.
11. Pokemon Player Stabbed, Keeps Playing
There are a lot of people that really like playing Pokemon Go and take it quite seriously. Then there are others that just break the mold and take it to a whole new level. One of them lives in Oregon According to a Police Blotter, there is a guy who really takes Pokemon seriously. “The man was able to give a description of his attacker, who allegedly stabbed the victim as they passed each other near 19th Avenue and Filbert Street. The victim refused medical treatment and continued his Pokémon hunt.” I have to admit I think this might be taking it a bit far. I understand wanting to catch ’em all, I mean I really do, but when you are attacked and stabbed on the street then maybe you might want to just call it a night.
10. Don’t Poke And Drive
According to a guy on Reddit, he witnessed someone rear ended another car while trying to grab some pokeballs. This takes everything around driving while on your phone to a whole new level. Remember when people used to act like it was all dangerous to call someone while you were driving? That almost seems silly at this point, although it still is dangerous.
These days the big problem is texting, at least when you call you are actually looking at the road, with texting you are not at all. Now there are accidents because of Pokemon Go. These are the kinds of things that make me feel like a grumpy old man. Actually let me rephrase that, these are the kind of things that make me proud to be a grumpy old man.
9. Sex Offender House Is A Poke Stop
While obviously the mystery of Pokemon Go is a big part of the hook, sometimes it goes a little wrong. The thing is you don’t really know where you are going when you get sent on a little Pokemon run. It really could be anywhere. One of the last places that you might guess that you would be sent though, would be a house where a bunch of sex offenders live. The New Windsor Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona is known as a historic location, but now it is a halfway house for sex offenders. In fact, 43 sex offenders call that place their home. It is a good thing that people don’t have to actually go in there to collect. That would be awkward and would also give new meaning to the word poke stop. I know, I know, but I had to do it.
8. Man Gets Fired For Pokemon Go Facebook Post
Some people take the whole thing a bit too seriously. According to this article, in a slew of Facebook comments, “Sonny Truyen suggested Singapore was an undesirable place to live due to the unavailability of the smartphone game.” He also wrote that Singapore was filled with “stupid people”.
According to the BBC, Singaporean web users contacted his employer, real estate website 99.co, expressing anger at his posts. “During a dispute with another Facebook user, Mr Truyen wrote that “the average IQ” in Singapore would fall if he left the country, and that ‘locals can’t even read’.” He was fired, shortly after.
7. Woman Almost Abducted When Playing
There are a lot of creepy people out there that will take any moment that you are distracted to make a move on you, and Pokemon Go is nothing if not distracting. A 19-year-old woman was almost abducted in Massachusetts recently while on the Pokemon Go hunt. She was walking along with her head down while looking at her phone when a van made a U-turn and blocked traffic. A guy got out of the van and tried to grab her, but she was already running away at that point. This is a reminder that while you are out hunting squirtles on your smartphone there could be people out there hunting you, that do not think of what they are doing as a game. Be careful out there Pokemon Go hunters!
6. Pokemon Go Players Get Robbed
Two Pokemon Go players in California were robbed at gunpoint while on a Pokemon quest. According to this article, “two Sacramento-area friends were robbed and carjacked after they went to a park looking for Pokémon.”
“A guy pulled up with a gun and held a gun up to me,” David Wallace said. “He held it right by his waist and said, ‘If you don’t want to get hurt, give me your phones.’” After work, and close to midnight, Wallace and his friend went to Lone Oak Park in Antelope to catch more Pokémon characters using the app. After 20 minutes of playing, both men were about to leave before being confronted by the gunman. Wallace said the man drove away in a green Suzuki Grand Vitara, holding their cash and their phones.
5. Man Robbed In Parking Lot
Another hapless Pokester was robbed in a parking lot. According to a piece on KDSK.com “Even though it was 2 a.m., Nikolas Howard went to a stop with a lure on it because it was only a couple blocks away. For two days, Howard had been tracking Pokémon on the app around the city. And he was so engrossed it in Saturday night, he didn’t see what he was walking into.” Really? You couldn’t do two simple tasks at once: walk and play Pokemon!?
“The app led Howard to a parking lot near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road, a popular checkpoint just across the street from a gas station. That’s when Howard noticed a black BMW pull in behind him.” Howard claimed there were four kids inside, one of which had a silver pistol.
4. Pokemon Go Leads Man To Body In River
It isn’t all doom and gloom for players though; they don’t all wind up getting mugged, fired, led to sex offenders houses or falling down. Some of them find dead bodies, too. One person this happened to is Shayla Wiggins, who is a 19-year-old from Riverton, Wyoming who did just that. She said “I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body. I didn’t really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly.” Good thing for Pokemon Go! If it had not lead Shayla to that body then it still might be sitting there, and Shayla would not need decades of therapy.
3. Man Drives Into Tree
Now some of these people are kind of dumb, let’s be honest. Can you imagine driving into a tree because you were playing Pokemon Go? This is the stuff that the Darwin awards are made of. According to an article on Syracuse.com, “a driver was playing Pokemon Go Tuesday night when he swerved off an Auburn road and hit a tree. The man, who was 28, was “trying to catch Pokemon on his phone” just after 10:30 p.m. Not unlike others on this list, he was distracted by the game, and he subsequently drove his car off the roadway and crashed into a tree, according to the report. The man was not seriously injured, police said. The crash left the front end of his car severely damaged. Why? He was playing Pokemon Go. Whatever happened to will power?
2. Two Men Fall Off A Cliff
This is the kind of thing that sounds like a joke. “Hey be careful playing Pokemon Go, you don’t want to walk off a cliff.” Sadly though, it is not a joke, some people are honestly this stupid. Firefighters were dispatched to rescue two men, one fell who 75 to 100 feet and they found another that was out cold. Both were taken to the hospital.
“I think people just need to realize this is a game. It’s not worth your life. No game is worth your life,” said Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. It seems like Sgt. Eaton’s name should actually be “Captain Obvious”. I would have said: “Hey dummies, don’t fall off a cliff while playing Pokemon Go” but I guess that is one of the many reasons I am not a police officer.
1. Man Stabbed In A Park While Trying To Catch Some Mon
A man was playing Pokemon Go when he went into an Anaheim park where he was stabbed numerous times. According to this article, “police said a group of five to six men in their late teens or early 20s got into some type of altercation with the man. He was stabbed several times in the upper torso.”
According to law enforcement, they didn’t think the attackers lured the victim, but rather that the latter was distracted playing a game. “This is still very fresh and very new — but what we are encouraging is if you are going to play to do it safely, and not lose sight of what you’re doing,” Anaheim police Sgt. Luis Correa said. “Be aware of your surroundings. Do it in a manner that’s safe so you don’t get into trouble.” You heard the man. All you Pokemon Go players out there….just get home safe.