4 Really Unfortunate Places Pokémon Go Players Were Lured to This Weekend

Pokémon Go launched July 6, 2016, and within a day became the #1 app in the App Store. The augmented reality app allows interaction between your phone's camera, Google Maps and physical space in order to catch the most Pokémon. And a Pokéstop is the best place for trainers to get Pokéballs. However, since you're actually doing the walking, the app may lead you to some unexpected places—or people—case in point:


1. Highway K & Feise Road, O’Fallon, Missouri, where armed robbers attacked a victim who was using the Pokémon Go smartphone app. By Sunday morning, July 10, four suspects were arrested and a handgun was recovered from the remote location.

2. Wind River, Riverton, where Wyoming teenager Shayla Wiggins was hoping to find the mascot character Pikachu and instead discovered a dead body. “I cried and started shaking and called 911 right away,” Wiggins told the New York Daily News, after finding the body floating in the river.

3. Darwin Police Station, Australia, where Pokémon Go players were advised that they would find a Pokémon named Sandshrew according to the app. The Northern Territory Police, Fire, and Emergency Service department received so many players that they even issued a statement on their Facebook page in response. The police assured players that they would be able to find Sandshrew without entering the station, and to "Stay safe and catch 'em all!"

4. Westboro Baptist Church, which was taken over by a clefairy named “Loveislove,” thanks to Pokémon users. However, America's most unapologetically anti-gay church quickly responded by “recruiting” a common Pokémon known as Jigglypuff.

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