The most inappropriate places Pokémon GO players have gone to

The following is a list of the weirdest and most inappropriate places people have found Pokémon

Tarek Ali Ahmad

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Since its release, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm, allowing fans and gamers to trek the world in search of Pokémon creatures to catch, nurture, battle and care for.

The game uses the location of the user to map out the city and shows areas where some of the most well-known Pokémon could be found. The phenomenon began on a positive note with people around the world going out, walking around and trying to find these virtual reality monsters.

However, this has quickly turned into a problem for governments with “Pokémon Trainers” would enter restricted or dangerous areas to catch the Pokémon. This means the tales related to Pokémon continue to unfold all over the world.

Following is a list of the weirdest places people have found Pokémon:

Landmine fields

In Bosnia, agencies have warned players of the risks of wandering into dangerous areas in the country - namely grounds filled with land mines that haven’t gone off since the 1990 conflict, according the nongovernmental agency Posavina bez mina.

“We received information that there are cases where users of the Pokémon Go app in Bosnia are entering into mined forests and risky areas in order to find Pokémon,” it said this week on its Facebook page.

“We ask all citizens to respect all signs warning them about mines and to not enter areas unfamiliar to them.”

Holy sites

Kuwait has issued a warning to its citizens, banning them from taking pictures or trying to catch Pokémon in any vital government, military or security location. It also disallowed them from trying to grab Pikachus or Bulbasaurs in any mosques, shopping centers, malls or oil installations. Lt. Gen. Sulaiman al-Fahad at the ministry said: “No excuses will be accepted by anyone claiming ignorance of the law.”

The emergency room

A hospital in England has seen a surge of patients entering the emergency room over the past few weeks, but most of them are non-medical related. According to the Telegraph UK, the hospital has been marked as a “Pokémon Gym” by the app - where Trainers go and battle it out to secure the location as their own. The issue has gotten so out of hand that the hospital had to issue a statement on their website.

“Members of the public who do not need to be at Royal Stoke should not attempt to enter A&E or any other part of the hospital building to play the game,” said Associate Chief Nurse Kevin Parker. “We want the public to understand that anybody who visits the hospital solely to play the game will provide an unwanted distraction to the important work of the hospital.”

A memorial

A Canadian mother has been going through a tough ordeal after her two-year old son’s memorial has been found to be a prize location to catch Pokémon. With gamers from around the area heading to the resting place and trying to catch themselves a Charmander. ”I had a whole bunch of messages in my Facebook and the first couple didn’t bother me. It was when I saw the picture that it was actually the plaque on his memorial that it hit me and I started crying,” the mother told Canadian Newspaper The Star. “It’s very difficult to deal with that, it’s being all dredged up again.”

Nazi death camps

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has banned visitors from using their smartphones to play Pokémon GO because it was deemed ‘‘disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate,’ according to the Museum spokesman.

The museum took to twitter to further its warning, saying ‘'Do not allow playing #PokémonGO on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It’s disrespectful on many levels.’

Holocaust museum

The Holocaust museum has also issued a warning to its visitors not to play the fan-crazed application while attending the museum, the Washington Post reported last week.

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” The museum's communications director, told The Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”

Several landmarks and sites have been pinned as “Pokestops” by the mobile application – an area in which players can go and restock on items as well as find Pokémon.

Neighbor’s lawn

Aggravated homeowners have been phoning up police reporting cases of trespassing by gamers who have been trying to catch Pokémon in their neighbors’ lawns. One angry Canadian posted a note on his door explaining his frustration at the situation (insert), while an American even shot at two teenagers whom he thought were thieves trying to steal from him.

Parliament buildings

On ex-UK PM David Cameron’s last day in office, thousands flocked to 10 Downing Street to bid him farewell. That was not the sole reason, however, as several Pokémon were spotted on the PM’s doorstep.

Elsewhere, Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin posted a picture on his Instagram of a Pokémon character popping up inside the parliament building with a caption saying “Call Security!”.

Hiroshima memorial site

Pokemon Go players are descending on a Hiroshima park that commemorates the tens of thousands of victims who died during the nuclear bombings that marked the final days of the Second World War.

Japanese city officials are displeased, saying that the park is meant as a solemn memorial to the victims.