People keep calling emergency services about 'suspicious' Pokémon Go players

Pokemon go poliwagJacob Shamsian/INSIDERBe careful when you go out Pokémon hunting.

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm — but apparently it’s causing an influx of emergency calls.

The augmented-reality smartphone game  — which allows people to catch Pokémon as they walk around on foot  —  is a captivating experience for players. But to outside observers, those players just look like they’re milling around for no reason.

Redditor MicroKayla, who’s a 911 dispatcher, published a post earlier today saying she’d received several calls about “suspicious” people wandering around businesses late at night. Turns out they were all just playing Pokémon Go. 

To avoid future mixups  —  and save 911 dispatchers’ efforts for real emergencies  —  she suggested that players take a minute to tell business owners that they’re only playing a game. 

“Business owners get concerned when there’s several people just standing around, seemingly doing nothing. I know this is a huge game, but not everyone knows about it or knows how it works,” she wrote. “It really would be bad for all of us players if Pokémon Go got a bad reputation. It will also save you a lot of trouble. Just a suggestion. Good luck everyone! And please be careful!”

Here’s the original post

I’ve received several 911 calls about suspicious people walking around businesses at night. Especially for local pokestops and gyms.

Please tell an employee what you’re doing, especially if you’re going to be there for a while or if you’re in a group.

Business owners get concerned when there’s several people just standing around, seemingly doing nothing. I know this is a huge game, but not everyone knows about it or knows how it works.

It really would be bad for all of us players if Pokemon Go got a bad reputation. It’ll also save you a lot of trouble. Just a suggestion. Good luck everyone! And please be careful!

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