Pokémon GO's PokéStops are apparently rather quick to have removed, according to a post from a public city library in Provo, Utah. For those new to the Pokémon GO craze, the augmented reality game features locations in the real world where players can venture to called PokéStops, and should they stumble upon one they can end up coming into possession of items that can be used in the game. While there is nothing that seems wrong with this on the face of things, many PokéStops can end up in the unlikeliest of places, or so they seemed unlikely, only to have people who own those locations or run the businesses at those locations surprised to find that hordes of players are now swarming the property on a daily basis.
For many this isn't an issue. For example, businesses get a little bit of incentive by letting the PokéStop remain as it will possibly draw more customers to their store with the potential to drive up some more business. Others like the Provo City Library, were not so pleased with the idea of having four PokéStops at their property, due to a number of reasons including increased trash buildup, operation of food sales on the property without a city license, and even injury, which the library says was the one thing they could absolutely not ignore.
So, what's a business (or presumably any location) to do if they no longer wish to remain a PokéStop? Simple, request to have their location(s) removed from the game. With no in-depth explanation, Provo City Library states that they made a request which allowed them to have the PokéStops removed and they were eventually granted their request. The Library's post says that the PokéStop removal requests were approved a few days ago, on August 2nd, but there was no mention of when they actually submitted the request form, so, as to the actual quickness of the situation, who is to say how quick it really is. Considering this, Pokémon GO hasn't been out that long in the U.S., and there may not have been PokéStops at the Provo City Library from the day it launched, which does suggest that it didn't take too long to have the PokéStops disappear.