The 20 Wildest and Weirdest Pokemon GO Stories

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By Caitlin Donovan | More Articles
July 13, 2016  09:20 PM

Pokemon GO is taking the world by storm. This little app has people going outside to search for Pokemon in real life and despite some bugs, it seems like everyone’s having a lot of fun with the game. However, the search for Pokemon can have some unexpected side effects and some truly wacky things have been happening. There's actually so many of them happening, that as soon as I'd write one entry in this list, I'd hear about something weirder- I couldn't fit them all in! So feel free to share your own bizarre stories to add to this list.

And without further ado,  let’s take a look at the most bizarre incidents and count down the 20 wildest Pokemon Go Stories!  

202000 People Show Up For a Pokemon GO walk

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When a Pokemon Go Walk was held in Sydney, Australia, pretty much everyone was surprised when 2000 people showed up. There’s no greater proof of the app’s popularity than the huge size of this event. An event in Perth, Australia also attracted 1000 players.

19A Guy Might Have Lost His Job Playing Pokemon Go

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A redditor called scarstruck4 reported that he might lose his job and even get blacklisted thanks to his use of Pokemon GO. He used the game inside the premises of the bank he worked at, but it’s not allowed for employees to use cameras at works as they might take pictures of sensitive data. The man’s phone was confiscated and sent overseas to be checked out for funny business- but hopefully, all the people will find is a Zubat. 

18Dogspotters are Miffed at Pokemon GO

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Every dog has it’s day, but dogspotters want that day to be Pokemon free. The Facebook group Dogspotting is dedicated to taking pictures of dogs that users encounter in everyday life. Once Pokemon GO came out, people naturally started posting lots of pictures of dogs with Pokemon. Apparently the administrators found this to be too much, because they eventually banned all Pokemon Go pictures. Even of dog Pokemon.

17Pokemon GO Players Trespass in Children's Hospital

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Some Pokemon go players seem to be lacking in common sense, as there have been reports of players trying to access off-limits areas of Nationwide Children’s Hospital to get Pokemon. The Columbus area hospital sent out an official email to its staff warning them about stopping “Pokemon Gamers” from trespassing. Think of the children, Pokemon GOers. 

16A Police Station Sends out a Notice to Pokemon GO players

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The Darwin Police, located in the Northern Territory of Australia, has to send out an official notice to players through Facebook warning them not the come in the police station searching for the rare Sandshrew Pokemon that resides there:

'For those budding Pokémon Trainers out there using Pokémon Go - whilst Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokéstop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain Pokéballs. 

They also told users to look up from their phones and look both ways before crossing the street, saying 'That Sandshrew isn't going anywhere fast' they added. 

“Stay safe and catch them all” was the cute signoff to the post.

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at
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