By: Ryan Grenoble
To call "Pokemon Go" popular would be a severe understatement.
But just because a rare and magical Growlithe has appeared near you, doesn't mean you should pursue it ― particularly when pursuing it requires you to turn off the rational part of your brain.
Here are seven examples of people who didn't listen to their voice of reason. Please learn from their mistakes:
At The Holocaust Memorial Museum
"Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism," museum spokesman Andrew Hollinger told the Washington Post. "We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game."
At The 9/11 Memorial
There are at least four so-called "Pokéstops" at the 9/11 memorial, reports Time.
"To make this as a spot in a game, I think that's wrong," Mickey Kennedy, 61, a native New Yorker who visited the site, told Time magazine on Tuesday. "A lot of people died here. It's a place to reflect, not to play a game."
Police in the northern Australia territory of Darwin have formally requested "Pokémon Go" players stop walking into the station, which has been labeled a Pokéstop.
"For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go," the station said in a release, "whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs."
Restricted Areas On Military Bases
Joint Base Lewis-McChord issued a statement Monday warning "budding Pokemon Trainers" against chasing fake characters into areas they shouldn't be: "DO NOT chase Pokémon into controlled or restricted areas, office buildings, or homes on base."
The Arlington National Cemetary
General Sketchy Areas
If it's an unsafe space to begin with, think twice. Several "Pokémon Go" players in Missouri were reportedly robbed at gunpoint earlier this week while playing shortly after the game launched. Pokéballs don't stop bullets.
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