Cemetery asks Pokémon players to hunt 'piously'
The Local · 20 Jul 2016, 10:53
Published: 20 Jul 2016 10:53 GMT+02:00
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Alongside family members visiting graves, the city's cemeteries have also attracted Pokémon Go players looking for pokémon monsters to ‘catch’ and battle with.
Authorities have now asked on social media that the players show respect while hunting pokémon around graveyards
Writing on Facebook, Friedhöfe Wien (Vienna Cemeteries) wrote: “We have nothing against the Pokemons but ask however for pious behaviour at our graveyards while on the search for Pokemon and visiting the numerous Pokestops.”
Along with the post, they added an image of pokémons dotted around the Zentralfriedhof in the Austrian capital, one of the largest cemeteries in the world.
Zentralfriedhof is home to the graves of several famous people, including Austrian composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss' (Jnr), and Franz Schubert and is a popular spot for tourists.
A spokesperson told Die Presse that many Pokémon hunters had been on the site in recent days.
“We request that people don’t climb on graves and keep a distance from funerals,” the spokesperson said.
The Pokémon Go craze has swept the world in recent weeks after it was released in many countries earlier in July.
The game is a free location-based augmented reality app whereby users search for pokémons in different real life locations and try to catch them.
The game is now one of the most used smart device apps but has not been without it’s problems. In Spain, police were forced to issue guidelines reminding people that “the real world” includes obstacles such “pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, street furniture", asking them to stay safe.
As well as finding pokemons, some pokemon catchers have been making gruesome ‘real life’ discoveries. In Denmark, one man searching after Pokémon monsters this week found a corpse in a drainage canal.