All over the world, people love playing Pokémon Go. But in its short life, the game has already acquired a sinister reputation among pretty much everybody who isn't addicted to it. Between accidents, unfortunately-placed Pokéstops, and Bieber, there's plenty of bad press for this seemingly innocent game about trapping animals in tiny balls and forcing them to fight for sport. And the complaints don't stop there. Here are five people who have had just about enough of the Pokémon Go craze.
1. The guy who put this sign up in his yard.
2. This German kid who got a little too frustrated.
He'll never catch 'em all with that attitude.
3. This person who was misled by the internet.
4. This guy whose house became a Pokémon gym.
Boon Sheridan found that his home, a historic converted 19th century church, was designated by the Pokémon Go app as a gym. Immediately, nerds started hanging around his property at all hours so they could claim it. The problem is, he had already claimed it. Legally. It's his house.
He did, however, ultimately befriend his home's new "owner."
They're roommates now.
5. People who were robbed while Pokémon hunting.
Police in O'Fallon Missouri put out this notice about armed robbers who were specifically targeting Pokéstops to find victims.
As if hiding at a Pokéstop weren't bad enough, these crooks were deploying lures (which attract Pokémon to the stop) as a way of making sure they'd have easy pickings. And nerds wandering around looking at their phone at night are the easiest pickings any criminal has ever found.
It's safe to assume those victims are done playing Pokémon Go—if not from disgust and fear, then because their phones were stolen.