10 Crazy AF Things That Happened Since the Pokémon GO Obsession Kicked In
Pokemon taught a bunch of bad lessons back in the day, but never has it ever led to the havoc it’s currently wreaking. Twisted ankles and bruised shins are the least of the chaos that has ensued since the release of Pokemon GO, which only hit app stores late last week. Here are 10 crazy AF things that happened since the obsession kicked in:
1. A teen girl found a dead body! Yup, the app that allows people to capture innocent cartoon creatures led one young woman to a corpse. Shayla Wiggins, a 19-year-old from Wyoming, was playing the game when she went underneath the Wyoming Highway 789 Bridge in the hopes of snagging a water Pokemon. What she found, though, were two deer… and a man’s body lying face down in the water.
2. People believe Pikachu caused a highway accident. Over the weekend, fake news site Cartelpress posted a false story that claimed a 26-year-old man named Lamar Hickson caused “one of the worst highway accidents after stopping in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu.” According to Snopes, though, that story was completely fictional; the photo the site used was from a collision that occurred in Denver, CO in 2014.
3. Man’s house turns into a loitering center. Mr. Boon Sheridan of Massachusetts is now the unintentional owner of a gym. “Living in an old church means many things,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today it means my house is a Pokemon Go gym. This should be fascinating.” Since the app’s release, he claims that multiple people show up outside his residence for long moments of time.
“I’m working on a sign for the front,” he later added. “Something like,’Train well, play with honor, leave as friend’ or something equally cornball.”
4. The Australian Police Department’s getting involved. While the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services team seems to be all for people using the app — as long as they “stay safe” and “look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street” — it did inform the public that, “For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go — whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the Pokeballs.” LOL.
5. Multiple users fell victim to robbery… at gunpoint! It’s all fun and games until someone whips out a gun. In O’Fallon, Missouri, three teens by the names of Shane Michael Backer, Brett William Miller and Jamine James D. Warner are being charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action; a Class A Felony and an Unclassified Felony after they used Pokemon GO to find unknowing victims at popular PokeStops.
6. Of course, not every matter of police involvement is as serious:
— Murdoch Police (@MurdochPol) July 10, 2016
7. And not every discovery is a dead body. Someone was on the hunt for Pokemon, but found a loose cow instead.
8. Nevertheless, there have been multiple reports of injuries A 21-year-old communications graduate on Long Island, New York named Mike Schultz fell off his skated while searching for while Pokemon.
9. Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year-old waitress in Asheville, North Carolina, bruised her shin after she tripped over a cinder block that had been used as a doorstop. She, too, was playing the app.
10. And Kyrie Tompkins, a 22-year-old freelance web designer, twisted her ankle in Waterville, Maine because of her failure to pay attention to her surroundings while engaged in Pokemon GO as well.
We know you gotta catch ’em all, but stay alert, people!
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