At least one Pokemon GO player caught more than she bargained for when playing the viral game. A woman from Queens allegedly caught her cheating boyfriend thanks to the app's geolocation feature. The bad boyfriend was reportedly playing Pokemon GO while spending time at his ex-girlfriend's house. However, little did the sneaky beau know, Pokemon GO was detailing exactly where the little monsters were captured, and his doubting girlfriend was able to look at his Pokemon collection to reveal exactly where the boyfriend had been earlier in the day.
— Joe Kemp (@joekemp) July 12, 2016
The New York Post reveals that Pokemon GO player Evan Scribner learned the hard way that Pokemon GO can ruin your love life. While many are complaining that their partners are spending too much time on the game, Scribner's problems went a little bit deeper as the game's geolocation feature was able to confirm to his girlfriend that he had been, unbeknownst to her, spending time at his ex-girlfriend's house.
#PokemonGo: Privacy problems, robbery and more real-world hazards of the catch 'em all craze https://t.co/GXn3LozmxZ pic.twitter.com/jo20wTVB5c
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 13, 2016
Scribner reveals that his girlfriend found out that he was "cheating" on her thanks the Pokemon GO game. Players maintain a backpack that carries Pokeballs containing a variety of different little monsters captured from across the globe. The running index of Pokemon also includes details about each Pokemon captured such as its weight, combat power, height, and even the exact GPS location where it was caught. The geolocation feature shows the exact coordinates on a map indicating where the Pokemon was found. While this may be a nice feature for most players, it proved detrimental to Scribner's relationship after he foolishly captured Pokemon while visiting with an ex-girlfriend.
Man caught cheating after girlfriend checks his #PokemonGo catch locations https://t.co/Ex7LfPwmLf pic.twitter.com/JzKE13Y9YL
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) July 13, 2016
According to the Daily Mail, when his girlfriend was looking through his phone at his latest catches, she noticed something wasn't quite right. Scribner had been capturing Pokemon with someone she did not approve of in his life: his ex-girlfriend. Scribner says when he could provide no good explanation for being near his ex's house, his girlfriend left and hasn't been heard of since.
"She saw that I had caught a Pokémon while at my ex's house. She found out last night at my house and hasn't contacted me since then."
While Scribner's girlfriend used the game to catch him cheating, other users have used the game to catch potential robbery victims. USA Today reports that some teenagers used the app's popularity to catch unsuspecting players off-guard. The teens allegedly lured players to a Pokestop by placing a Lure Module in the area and waited for their victims to arrive. The teens reportedly then held a man at gunpoint while demanding his money.
"The teens, whose ages range from 16 to 18, are suspected to be behind 10 to 11 armed robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties in which they allegedly used the app to bait victims."
This nerdy game literally has the power to ruin your love life. https://t.co/00lgcuglKx
— Elite Daily (@EliteDaily) July 13, 2016
Fortunately, the case of the sneaky teens is limited and is the only confirmed case of a Pokemon GO-related crime that can currently be found. However, police stations are warning that Pokemon trainers should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings when playing the game, as those distracted may become targets of other crimes.
What do you think about the creative girlfriend utilizing Pokemon GO to corner her boyfriend into admitting he "cheated" on her? Do you think more girlfriends will now take the Queens' woman's lead and start checking the geolocations of their boyfriend's latest find?
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