Shootings, stampedes, and more – Pokémon GO continues to inspire craziness

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Last week, Darryn’s told you about the crazy world of Pokémon GO. Foiled robberies? The discovery of corpses? A brave man catching critters while his wife was in labour? You’d think this madness was a once off affair, but it looks like it’s only just getting started…

A man from Palmview, Texas, took to Facebook to tell Pokémon players that he and his friends planned to do some purging with their modified paintball guns. Here’s the post in its entirety:


The shooting spree of douchebag proportions never took place. Somebody reported Mr Cerda to local police, which lead to him getting arrested. Oh sweet justice (rains from above)!

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Another shooting did actually take place over the weekend though. In Florida, a man opened up fire on two Pokémon GO players parked outside his house, who he mistook for criminals. What made him pull the trigger? The fact that he heard one of them say, “did you get anything?”

Now, if you’ve played Pokémon GO, you’d know this is a pretty standard question to ask a fellow trainer. This time however, instead of prompting the usual response of “nothing”, or “OMG CHARMANDER!”, it was met with a hail of bullets. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

Meanwhile,  in MMA land, one fighter decided to play Pokémon IRL. After giving his opponent a healthy helping of knee-to-the-face (it was brutal), Michael “Venom” Page decided to evolve from brawler to trainer. He donned a cap, and proceeded to throw a Pokéball at his downed opponent.

Sometimes, you just have to go that extra mile to catch that rare Pokémon. Four teens did just that, except instead of walking on land, they decided to go deep underground, 100ft to be exact, into a network of caves in Wiltshire, England. Naturally, they got horribly lost.

There was light at the end of the tunnel for them at least. The four teens managed to snag a slice of cellphone signal (miraculously they say), which they used to call for help. They have since been rescued. Sadly, their underground exploration yielded no rare Pokémon.

Speaking of rare Pokémon, one spawned in Central Park recently, which caused a stampede of trainers. Here’s the effect a wild Vaporeon will have on trainers…

That’s just a few of the stories I came across this morning, and I don’t think they’ll be the last. Have you seen anything crazy take place thanks to Pokémon GO? Are you still addicted to the game, or have you moved on?

Last Updated: July 18, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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