Cops Receive Thousands of Pokémon Go Complaints Due to Mysterious Player Behavior

Author: keith
Category: Business Blog


The new Pokemon Go app is hilarious. So hilarious, in fact that cops are being called constantly as people report odd behavior by Pokemon Go players. The craze of players trying to "catch them all" with the new Pokémon Go app has sparked suspicious-vehicle complaints across the country, CNN said today. The app encourages people to walk around their neighborhoods to capture virtual pokémon with their phones.

And the tweets about this strange phenomenon are simply amazing.

I don't care if #PokemonGO is dead in 2 weeks- the phenomena of all these people interacting in today's society is incredible and uplifting.

— Jimmy Wong (@jfwong) July 10, 2016

"Obviously, this behavior may seem odd. And, to be fair, we are not convinced that every vehicle that pulls behind a church is playing this game. But, there is a chance that their behavior is innocent and we would just like the public to be aware of it," according to ABC news. The article said that most of the virtual pokémon are located at well-known landmarks but other pokémon are located at random locations. People may stop at these locations for long periods of time to "battle" pokémon, and this just looks weird.

Local police offices are asking players to watch their surroundings while using the app and not to play while driving. For example, four Missouri teens allegedly used the app to lure robbery victims, USA TODAY reported. The Pokémon Go app has caused problems across the country over recent weeks, ranging from players wandering into traffic to much more dangerous incidents. 

Nintendo–and robbers–making out like bandits thanks to Pokemon Go

— FastCoNews (@FastCoNews) July 11, 2016

So, be careful if you end up playing the game. You might end up getting caught up instead.