German Officials Have Had About Enough Of Your Pokemon Go Guff
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Germany is the latest location that has had to endure the wrath that is Pokemon Go and its intoxicating allure for travelers who remain oblivious of their surroundings.
The Associated Press reports some of the country’s officials including police and the airport operators’ association are pleading with the public at large to be aware of the inherent security issues that arise when playing Pokemon Go around airports.
The sensible traveler no doubt understands that you can play your augmented reality video game as long as you abide by the limits imposed around airports. There is no way you would, say, enter a restricted area just because you see there is a PokeStop or rare Pokemon character nearby.
Sadly, as we have found in the initial throes of the game, this is precisely what some people are bound to do just so they can say they caught them all. Last week, TravelPulse reported on the ensuing madness that is taking place at various ferry ports throughout the world thanks to the game produced by Niantic.
The issue stems from PokeStops, locations where players can gain various in-game items for free, being placed in sensitive areas.
This holds true at airports where a PokeStop might loom behind an unauthorized area. Normally, a sign and security guard nearby would suffice, but now you have players with heads firmly glued onto their smartphone screen. Even if the obvious signs are seen by a traveler, some may still brave trespassing...just to level up.
It’s that fear that has German officials pleading for players to stay clear of secure areas and for the game’s developers to ax PokeStops from sensitive locations.
The AP report explains: “They suggest that players avoiding security checks or opening emergency doors to catch their virtual quarry could cause ‘wide-reaching police measures and possibly civil damages claims.’”
If tales of ferry-meandering Go players and airport-ambling gamers weren’t enough, the report continues by stating that Osnabrueck police had to help a reportedly inebriated man from railway tracks after his mission to catch a Pokemon went awry.
Enjoying the game remains painfully simple. Just be aware of your surroundings, which is sound general travel advice.
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