The 'Pokémon Go' craze is sweeping the country, and while it has thousands exploring the communities around them, it sometimes leads them into trouble.
The benefit to the game is that users are getting off the couch, but while the game will usually lead them to parks and monuments, in Middletown it is leading them to the graves.
“Almost by noon, we had 20 to 25 cars in here,” said Norm Emond, superintendent of Indian Hill Cemetery.
At first, he said he didn’t know why all of a sudden strangers were flooding into his cemetery.
“Every one of these cars, the kids and the people were on their cell phones,” Emond said.
It didn’t take long to realize Indian Hill had become an unknowing hot spot of the latest gaming craze.
“You could tell they were tracking the Pokémon game and they were making stops at different locations,” Emond said.
He said he is upset because strangers in their cars are disrupting the final resting places of the hundreds buried at the cemetery, but he is more concerned about the accidents unnecessary traffic could cause.
“We have people walking up and down the roadways and you don’t always hear a car coming up from behind you. If they’re on this game and looking down on their phone, they definitely could hit somebody,” Emond said.
The game has its flaws. Tech Crunch reports that when signed in through Google, the game has nearly complete access to your account.
In Missouri, police said three men lured unsuspecting players to a location with the promise of Pokémons.
When players got there, they were robbed, and in Wyoming, a woman out on a Pokémon hunt stumbled on a dead body.
The game starts with a warning to be aware of surroundings, and even though there haven’t been any problems in her town, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart has warned police about the game that is sweeping the nation.
“They know if they see areas of people congregated on street corners with their phones out, they’re probably playing Pokémon,” Stewart said.
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