Pokémon GO is sweeping the nation, but the game is sparking a fair share of horror stories. From one player accidentally discovering a dead body to reports of armed robbers using the game to lure victims, here are some cautionary tales to keep in mind while you explore the world from a Poké point of view.
Gotta catch ’em all — until your safety is at risk. Pokémon GO is super fun, but it’s hard not to be freaked out by how the game is helping people commit crimes and even getting some players fired from their jobs. Here are the scariest stories we’ve heard about the app that everyone’s obsessed with!
By now, you’re probably aware that one player found a dead body while trying to catch Pokémon in Wyoming. Shayla Wiggins, 19, was by the Big Wind River on July 8 when she made a terrifying discovery. “I was trying to get a water Pokémon,” Wiggins told CNN. She found the body near the Wyoming Highway 789 Bridge. “I probably would have never went down there if it weren’t for this game,” she admitted. How scary is that?!
Then there’s Sonny Truyen, who was fired from his job after posting on social media about the game. Truyen, who had recently moved to Singapore from Australia, was annoyed that he couldn’t play the game (which is available Down Under, but not in Singapore). “You can’t f*ck*ng catch pokemon in this piece of f*ck*ng sh*t country,” he posted on Facebook, and got into a virtual war with locals. Guess who saw it? The CEO of his company 99co, a real estate portal. Guess who got fired for “rude behavior on a Facebook thread”? Truyen.
Finally, armed robbers have been using the game to lure players — police in Missouri reported that four suspects were taken into custody after a 911 call. You can use a Lure item in the game to attract Pokémon, but of course people have already figured out how to use that power for evil. “Using the geolocation feature of the ‘Pokemon GO’ app the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims,” officials said. Officers later located a handgun, according to the O’Fallon police department. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has since announced that three of the suspects will be charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action; a Class A Felony and an Unclassified Felony. Yikes.
HollywoodLifers, have you been playing Pokémon Go? Stay aware and safe when you do!