Pokemon Go may be a fun experience, but it’s also turning out to be quite dangerous. In fact, it’s turning out to be the perfect example of why walking around fully engrossed in what’s happening on your smartphone is such a bad idea.
Over the weekend, four Pokemon Go players were lucky to walk or drive away with their lives in two separate incidents.
The first involved two teenagers in Orlando who were driving around at 1:30am searching for new Pokemon to catch. They managed to wake up a man living in the Palm Coast area who heard one of the teens outside his house say to the other “did you get anything?”
His understandable conclusion of this exchange was that the teenagers had just managed to break into his home. So he grabbed his handgun and went outside where the teens were sitting in their car. He stood in front of the car, raised the gun, and told them to remain where they were. Instead, the driver floored it and he was forced to move out of the way while shooting at the car. Luckily, his shots only hit bodywork and one of the tires.
The second incident happened in Encinitas, California. Two men hunting for Pokemon were so engrossed in the Go app that they walked past a No Trespassing sign and then a Do Not Cross sign near a cliff edge. The inevitable happened: they both fell off.
One of the men fell the full 90 feet to the cliff base, while the other somehow stopped his fall and clung on three quarters of the way down. Firefighters attended the scene and hoisted the man clinging to the cliff to safety while recovering the other man from the base. Both are now recovering at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. They should count themselves lucky they won’t be facing trespassing charges.
Stupid is as stupid does. Falling off a cliff because you ignored signs and didn’t remain aware of your surroundings is just dumb. In the case of the teenagers, the mistake they made was performing their hunt at 1:30am in the morning, although the man’s reaction was a little extreme to say the least.
Stay safe and be smart, Pokemon hunters.