Two Pokémon Go players were robbed at gunpoint in Sacramento, California, as they sat in their vehicle playing the game. And so the saga of the really, really bad things that happening because of a really, really addictive game continues… 🙁
The two 20-something-year-old victims were in a parked car at a park called Elk Grove park, at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday morning when they were approached by two men. One of the men was armed with a gun and demanded their property, which they handed over–including their phones, which they were playing Pokémon Go on. Officer Christopher Trim, the spokesman for the The Elk Grove police department, released the following statement warning other users of such incidents: “If you normally would not be out at a location at wee hours of the morning, remember to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let the game lead you to be in a position where you are not paying attention.”
Since it was launched on July 6, Pokémon Go has resulted in a number of unfortunate incidents for players, with everything from players finding dead bodies on their travels, to other robberies similar to this one happening all over the world. And these types of sometimes tragic events don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, either–with the Pokémon creatures spread out all over the globe at all kinds of locations–from water sources to office buildings to private areas–it’s basically inevitable for accidents to happen and for criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting players. So be vigilant while playing, people!!! (And maybe don’t play near parks at 1:30 a.m., even if you are in a parked car? It’s clearly just not safe.)
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