Pokèmon Go is Ruining Lives
The Guardian - Armed robbers used the game Pokémon Go to lure victims to an isolated trap in Missouri, police reported on Sunday.
At about 2am in O’Fallon, Missouri, officers responded to a robbery report that led them to four people, all local residents aged 16 to 18, in a black BMW in a CVS parking lot. The occupants tried to discard a handgun out of the car when an officer approached, said Sgt Bill Stringer. The officer then identified the four people as suspects of similar armed robberies described in St Louis and St Charles counties.
The adult suspects were charged with first degree robbery, a felony, and had bond set at $100,000 cash, Stringer said.
Stringer added that police believe the suspects used the phone app, which directs users to capture imaginary creatures superimposed onto the real world, to tempt players into secluded areas where they could be easily robbed. At a certain level in the game, he noted, players can congregate at local landmarks to join teams and battle.
“Using the geolocation feature,” Stringer said, “the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims.”
In a separate statement, a department spokesperson added: “you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in.”
Crazy stuff here. Pokèmon Go has now officially taken over, and nobody knows if it's here to stay or not.
One thing that is for certain, though, is that everyone is fiending for it. People have become so addicted they are making their own "gyms" and people are flocking to them in hopes of improving their levels in the game.
Personally, I can say that it's a lot of fun, but you had to know there would be a TON of negative headlines. People not paying attention while driving, being lured into bad areas, getting hit by cars, even people DYING, because of this game.
Nintendo stocks have skyrocketed since the game's release, as Wall Street reports a 25% increase in their stock. I've also heard that they've made $7 Billion, yes Billion with a B, in cash as well.
Now obviously they're going to have to take some more safety precautions, and maybe disable you to play while driving. While this won't stop people from trying to lure you someplace to rob you, it will get people off of their phones while driving.
This dude is the epitome of Pokèmon Go culture & the obsession:
Plus I absolutely love how they are called "gyms," obese America is eating that up.
"Hey Mom, I went to the gym twice today, really trying to cut back some weight!"
*levels up 10 times in one day, takes pic with owner of gym*
Bananaland. What a time to be alive.