Pokemon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon, with millions of people from different age groups aiming for the same goal: to catch as many Pokemon as possible and become the best Pokemon trainers. But as readers should already know, Pokemon GO’s popularity also led to a variety of stories to emerge, some hilarious, others not so much, or downright disturbing. There has even been a case where armed robbers used the game’s mechanics to lure players into a trap, which in a sense could make them members of Team Rocket. Speaking of lawbreakers, because Pokemon GO unites players from various age and social groups, earlier this weekend the police in Manchester, New Hampshire thought it could use the application to catch some of the criminals on their wanted list.
Last Sunday, the police in Manchester posted an announcement on their official Facebook page, informing Pokemon GO players of a Charizard spawning in their booking area. More specifically, because the Charizard is “such a rare character” according to the Manchester police and indeed any Pokemon GO player, the post invites only “a specific number of people” to catch the Pokemon. “If your name appears on the following list you are one of the lucky ones. Come down to the station to capture Charizard. Hurry before the Charizard leaves!” Needless to say, there was no Charizard at the station and the list contained only the names of wanted criminals. Seeing how Pokemon GO has become more popular than mobile applications such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, the police in Manchester thought that some of the criminals on their wanted list may have become helpless Pokemon GO addicts. They tried their luck at exploiting their weakness, but apparently, no one on the wanted list was gullible enough to fall for the ruse. Either that or the people who have been listed simply don’t play Pokemon GO. I guess we may never find out.
This isn’t the first unusual story involving Pokemon GO and New Hampshire, and while the story at hand is rather humorous, others are more unsettling. Not long after the game was released, a Pokemon GO player in New Hampshire found a dead body while searching for Pokemon at the Rotary Park in Nashua. Of course, most Pokemon GO players don’t have these types of experiences, but given the massive amount of people willing to go out in search for Pokemon, odd stories are bound to surface once in a while.