Pokémon Go still has millions of fans exploring their neighborhoods and beyond. And needless to say, not everyone is excited about its popularity. Though a Funeral Social article offers several ways that funeral homes and cemeteries can embrace and even benefit from the mobile app, more and more businesses and establishments are telling Pokémon enthusiasts to catch ’em all elsewhere.
Last week, CrimeFeed compiled a list of crimes and arrests that have already occurred as a result of the game. This time around, we’re looking at occasions when the players’s quest to be the very best became, well, tasteless.
New York Cops Accused of Pokémon Go-ing on Duty
Even those tasked with enforcing the law have supposedly fallen victim to the nation’s latest craze. Last week, a man Snapchatted about a group of Queens, New York, cops hunting for Pikachus at 10 a.m. at the Rockaway Boardwalk. “There’s a wild Pikachu, have you seen him?” Zoli Honig, 27, asked one of the officers during the recording. One responded they already caught it while the others said they hadn’t added the elusive character to their Pokédex yet.
But the New York Post reported that this isn’t the only time the New York Police Department was busted playing the app while on duty. Joshua Pyram took to Facebook to talk about a meaningful exchange he had with two NYPD officers while at a Pokéstop.
“I took the opportunity to express my beliefs and justified opinions to them while catching #bulbasaur and #machop. To my great surprise, they not only agreed with my sentiments, but were also hurting amongst themselves within all the violence,” he said about the 30-minute conversation which ended with an apropos selfie. Pyram said he asked the officers about the recent police shootings and was floored by this response from one of the officers:
“The only way it will change is from the inside. When we come together in same exact moment we are having now at this #PokeStop. If I decided to throw away my badge, I would only be running away from the issue, rather than face it with the Oath I swore. Then we would have 1 less Officer with the cause.”
Meanwhile, Bill Bratton, Police Commissioner of New York’s Finest, isn’t amused by all the Pokémon being played by his officers and has launched an investigation. “That craze is one of the stupidest ones that I’ve seen. Don’t understand it … don’t intend to understand it,” Bratton said, although the New York Daily News reports he pronounced it “Poke-man.”
Holocaust Museum: Stop Playing Pokémon Go Here
This should probably go without saying, but last week, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., had to announce that playing Pokémon Go is anything but appropriate behavior for visitors. The A.V. Club reports that on Tuesday, the Museum said the three existing Pokéstops — locations where players get special perks and points — at the museum are off-limits.
“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” the Museum’s communications director Andrew Hollinger tells The Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”
Arlington National Cemetery Also Gives Pokémon Masters The Boot
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), a resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families, also had to inform visitors that the famous graveyard isn’t the best place to hunt fictional creatures. “We do not consider playing ‘Pokémon Go’ to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity,” the ANC tweeted.
Auschwitz Echoes This Message
Though officials from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum claimed they haven’t had any issues with the game, they let it be known that capturing Bulbasaurs is not welcome at the solemn site. Pawel Sawicki, the memorial’s spokesman, told The Daily Beast the following:
“So far we have not experienced problems with the players on the site of the Auschwitz Memorial. We think that allowing such games to be active on the site of Auschwitz Memorial is disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and is absolutely inappropriate. It should not be active at our Memorial but also at other memorials and Holocaust museums. The authentic grounds of the former camp is a place of commemoration of all the people who suffered, were dehumanized and murdered here—Jews, Poles, Roma, Soviet POWs, and others… We have already written to the producers and asked them to exclude the site of Auschwitz Memorial and other similar sites from the game.”
So, players, by all means, keep playing and happy hunting! But be careful in your travels and please exercise good taste.
Photo: Facebook (left), screenshot from Pokémon Go(right)