Pokémon Go may be becoming a passing fad, like the hoola hoop, but for now, it’s huge — in a way that creates really big things, like elephants and the national debt, that seem a bit small by comparison. Unfortunately, with millions of people playing the game, we’ve seen a bunch of bad apples chasing Pokémon hunts at times and in places that should be out of bounds. So, as a public service, we’ve compiled a collection of destinations and conditions where you definitely shouldn’t play Pokémon.
10. Holocaust Museum
Most people recognize this intuitively, but it’s really bad to play Pokémon Go at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The museum’s management agreed and said: “Playing this game is not appropriate in the museum, which commemorates the victims of Nazism. We’re trying to figure out if we can exclude the museum from the game.”
9. 9/11 Memorial
I went to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It’s a beautiful, overcast location built on the foundation of the World Trade Center. And playing Pokémon Go has an insult to the memories of those who died there — and makes angry visitors pay their respects.
8. Any concentration camp except Auschwitz concentration camp
See a trend here? The bottom line: the curators of the Auschwitz Memorial, built on the ruins of the unspeakably terrible Auschwitz concentration camp, have asked clueless Pokémon Go players not to be the worst ever.
7. Zoo, after closure
We can generalize this into “any private property that is not open for business and any public space outside of sightseeing hours.” But in particular, don’t be like those who jumped the zoo fence to find eggs after the facility closed. Those penguins are trying to sleep,
6. Police stations in Australia
You might think this will apply to all police stations — and you’re probably right. In any case, Australian police ask players to stay away from stations in their area during Pokémon hunts.
5. While driving your car
It is known that the unfortunate victim who died when the Tesla was operating in “autopilot” mode crashed may have been distracted while watching the movie while behind the wheel. Some Pokémon Go gamers don’t seem to be clear about when to put the phone down. So far (thankfully) no deaths have been reported on the PG front, but at least one person drove into a tree while trying to catch them all. Don’t — please. We’re on the road with you, and it’s dangerous enough that everyone is sober and attentive.
4., 3., 2., 1. Other places you should know better.
While we’re here, actively list some other languages that you should avoid when hunting your Pokémon Go:
4. Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc., especially while services are ongoing.
3. Funeral. Don’t head anyone’s final goodbye to this life-and-death coil in hopes of finding Bulbasaur.
2. Spooky abandoned roller disco. Just ask Homer.
1. Inside an active volcano. Because obviously it needs to be said.