Thursday, July 14, 2016
Tips To Be A Polite Pokemon Go Player
Picture this: it's like 96 degrees outside. You're jogging, because you need to be able to fit into your pants AND eat the delicious chocolate cake. There's a dude in front of you on the sidewalk staring at his phone. You think, "Cool, I'll go around him." But then he moves to the left, smack in your path. So you move to the right and then he's over there too.
"WTF?" you mutter, as sweat drips off your forehead.
He shifts direction again. It takes all your strength not to tell him to PICK A SIDE! It's too hot for nonsense.
You eventually squeeze past, but he almost collides into you. Still gaping at his phone. No apologies. You take a peek at the phone. Maybe he's learning about a sale. And if there is a fabulous sale going on, maybe he can tell you about it. But no, you see this:
He's on that Pokemon Go app!
It's the app that's been sweeping the nation. Everyone seems to have it. Well. Everyone but me. I refuse. I don't want to spend my time catching fictional creatures. I'd rather read about fictional characters if it's all the same. Honestly, I don't mind the app much: it's getting people outside. They're bonding. But. Some are distracted. And it's the distracted ones that annoy me.
The guy on the sidewalk wasn't the first. I've seen people in stores all over the place. One nearly smacked into me at the commissary. She mumbled something about a Squirtle right outside the entrance.
"Excuse me," I said pointedly, but she was already gone.
So America, please follow some simple rules to not drive everyone crazy:
1. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't just stare at your screen and walk into someone else's path. If you do, say "excuse me." Mistakes happen. Trust me, I have kids who used to dart in front of people. It happens. But have manners.
2. Do not go into other people's property. It hasn't happened to me yet, but there have been people in my neighborhood reporting strangers in their backyard catching Pokemon.
3. Always bring people with you if you're going to strange locations. I've read stories of robberies occurring when people follow a "lure" to an abandoned place. Pikachu is not worth it if all your belongings are gone. I promise.
4. Do NOT drive and Pokemon Go. You might think you can handle it, but you can't. Put your phone away. Do not kill others for a ridiculous game.
5. If you work on a military base, please don't wander into restricted areas. I'm not kidding. This has happened.
6. Basically, if you're at work, put the game away unless you have a cool boss.
7. Make sure you're paying attention to your kids if you take them to the park to catch Pokemon. There was a story of a little one wandering off while Mommy played the game.
So please remember these tips. Remember basic manners and everyone can get along, I promise!
Good for you for going out and getting some Vitamin D.