Monday, August 8, 2016

Playing Pokemon Go can be bad for one's health

Each day it seems there are new stories of absurdity being propagated from the mindless zombies all over the world playing Pokemon Go.  And whether it is a group of virtual Pokemon chasers interrupting a funeral service in Australia, or ones continuously trespassing in people's yards, this addicting game can take players to places that can actually put their lives in danger.

And sadly for one young athlete in San Francisco, it did just that.

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed while playing "Pokemon Go" at a San Francisco park Saturday night, according to authorities. 
Calvin Riley and a friend were playing the game in the Fisherman's Wharf area, along San Francisco's waterfront, when Riley was shot, AP reported.  
According to family and friends, Riley was randomly targeted, and there was no confrontation before the attack, KGO-TV reported.  
"There was nothing said back and forth,” family friend John Kirby told KGO-TV.  "It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing." 
According to Kirby, Riley and his friend saw someone watching them from the top of a hill, but they were playing the game, so they were absorbed in their cellphones. 
Calvin was ahead of his friend, according to Riley, who said the friend witnessed the end of the attack. 
“Then when the friend came around a corner he heard a gunshot, saw his friend fall, and whoever did it ran away and possibly got into a car," Kirby told KGO-TV said. - USA Today
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Americans no longer have any form of tactical awareness of their surroundings, considering when was the last time you saw someone actually look both ways before crossing a road... whether they were playing Pokemon Go or not.


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