Ever since Pokémon Go debuted last week, people have been exploring the world while staring at their cell phones and hoping for the best. The result — other than the imprisonment of thousands upon thousands of cute little monsters — has been a slew of stories detailing the misfortune of some players who let their guard down as they waited for a Pikachu to show up. With that in mind, here's a few places (or times) where it really isn’t a great idea to try to catch them all.
The Gate Of The Hells Angels Headquarters
Police in New Zealand have warned Pokémon Go users in New Zealand to use their common sense because some didn’t think to question the game’s map that led them to a Hells Angels hangout, a notorious biker gang, according to the Guardian. Elsewhere in the Kiwi country, gamers were seen gathering outside of public toilets at night. Some also swam and kayaked to the middle of a lake to get to a “Poké gym.”
Memorials Of Genocide
This is a little bit embarrassing to have to say, but you shouldn’t try to add to your Pokédex when you visit the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum. Since the app was released, the museum has told visitors and the Washington Post that the game isn’t appropriate for use in the museum.
“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” Andrew Hollinger, communications director of the museum, told the Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”
If you can’t piece together why, here’s a real world example. Since the little monsters spawn in seemingly random places across the globe, almost any Pokémon may show up within the museum walls. A recent picture shows the Pokémon Koffing — a round floating creature that emits poisonous gas — in front of the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium, an area of the museum that features testimonials from survivors of the Holocaust gas chambers.
When Your Wife Is Giving Birth
A Texas man waiting for his wife to give birth was surprised when a Pidgey popped up on his screen and, as he later told Buzzfeed, couldn’t miss the chance to take a screenshot of the small bird sitting on his wife’s hospital bed. After doing so he put it online, gaining more than half a million views in a day.
Other odd places that are similar to this include: the bathroom and when you’re talking to a police officer.
While Driving Or Riding A Bike
This does not need an explanation.
Finally, Anywhere That You’re Unfamiliar With That Might Be Dangerous
The game has reportedly been used by criminals to lure people into traps and then rob them. It’s happened several times, according to news reports, and all across the country. One such instance occurred in Baltimore, when three people playing the game found themselves robbed at gunpoint Tuesday.