Pokemon Go is the latest app taking mobile gaming by storm, filling nostalgic twenty somethings’ hearts with joy the wold over. However, the game is proving too distracting for some and you can hardly walk down the street without seeing hordes of people walking into inanimate objects because they’re too busy looking at their phones.
This lack of concentration is leading to some pretty serious situations for some users. It turns out game players will do anything in their quest to catch ‘em all. Here’s some of the craziest stories we’ve heard:
A group of teenage boys had to be rescued from an underground cave network in Wiltshire after becoming stranded. Luckily the group were able to call for help when they entered an open air area of the 72 square mile system, known as the Box mines, and were rescued by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue. They left the mines without catching any Pokemon.
999 – Someone stole my Pokemon
One Pokemon Go user called the emergency services to report that someone had stolen his Pokemon. The operator ended the conversation “swiftly” after giving “words of advice” about when it was appropriate to call 999.
Knife point robbery
Three students in Manchester were robbed at knife point and had their phones stolen whilst playing the game. The incident happened less than 24 hours after local police issued a warning about the risks of criminals taking advantage of the new craze.
A driver in Baltimore crashed in to a patrol car when he became distracted playing Pokemon Go on his phone. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but the whole incident was caught on body cam by the officer in the patrol car.
Catching more than you bargained for
A teen in America came across a dead body while she was playing the game close to a river. Police believe the victim’s death was caused by accidental drowning, however investigations are still on-going.
Tips for catching ‘em all safely:
- Surely we don’t have to remind you to not Pokemon and drive? It is illegal to use any hand held device whilst driving!
- Try and keep your phone out of plain site.
- Hunt with friends.
- Stick to well-lit areas.
- Don’t trespass on private property.
- Tell someone where you are going.
- Make sure you save enough battery to make a call should you get in to trouble.