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Town tries to kick Pokémon GO players out of parks, other public spaces

by Eric Frederiksen | July 29, 2016July 29, 2016 6:00 am PST

While Pokémon GO has apparently been a boon for small businesses, not everyone is keen on letting Pokémon trainers on their property. That includes city officials in the town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and pretty much all the town’s government property.

The officials said that they don’t want the public venturing into potentially “unsafe” places like electrical substations, fire stations and wastewater treatment plants. In addition to those obviously dangerous spots, though, the town is including all parks, the city sports complex and the arts & sciences center, among a total of 134 addresses they’re requesting for removal from the game’s maps.

Rather than this being a reactionary measure, the town is doing this preemptively.

“We have not had any accidents regarding Pokémon GO, but we wanted to make sure no accidents do take place,” said the city’s public affairs manager, Tameka Kena-Norman, speaking to local station WRAL.

It’s a little strange to see a city discouraging people from walking into parks, but it’s unlikely this will be the last time we see a town or business putting their foot down.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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