Since launching on iOS and Android phones yesterday, Pokémon Go has become a sensation all over the world. It’s gotten so crazy that people are almost losing their jobs over it.
Redditor scarstruck4 recently shared his story on the ‘Today I F*cked Up‘ subreddit on how playing Pokémon Go at work almost jeopardized his career. His post is not edited hence the atrocious grammar and spelling errors.[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”15″]”i m a 23 year old employee in a Banking/IT company. As you can guess, i was born in nineties and my entire childhood was just one word – POKEMON. i read about the launch of Pokemon Go on iOS and my thumb automatically went to AppStore -> Pokemon Go -> Get It! i could feel the 10 year younger version of me, dancing with excitement. Playing it just for 5 mins, i left for my office. Now this is where i screwed up. Employees of my company are allowed to use smartphones inside the premises BUT using camera is strictly prohibited as we have access to clients personal data. you can guess what happened next. i just thought of exploring the game option and settings and as soon as i opened it i encountered a wild ZUBAT! i instantly went into Ash mode and started throwing Pokeballs all over the screen holding the phone high in front of my face as if i was taking a selfie! (Zubat was flying, hence). then came voice from behind “excuse me sir, are you clicking photographs?!” and next thing i knew was my iPhone getting confiscated. I tried to post this yesterday but it got removed because security dept was yet to reply back to me. So today i got a call on my alternate number saying that my phone needs to be sent to abroad country to the headquarters of my parent banking company to check for any possible data regarding clients personal info. If any data is found for e.g photos of monitor or codes, i may loose my job and also be blacklisted. i actually had some photos of programs that i wrote just for reference and i m shit scared if they get their hands on it. i just started with my career and dont want to be blacklisted! that is worst thing that can happen to any individual to works in a IT sector. and not to forget, i kinda lost my hard earned iPhone too.
TL;DR – got my phone sent to headquarter office by playing Pokemon Go in my office where using camera is prohibited. May loose my job and get blacklisted for life.”[/perfectpullquote]
The redditor then followed up shortly after with the update below.[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”15″]”i had a small meeting with my manager, HR and security head as soon as i reached office. they had my phone with them which was in a transparent ziplock bag along with a tag bearing my name. i was literally shaking thinking that they will ask me to unlock the phone as they need to ship it. then they asked me what exactly happened and i explained them each and every thing in detail. they said that somehow they managed not to send my phone overseas and have it checked themselves. so i took my phone and actually showed them Pokemon Go, how to play it and what exactly we are supposed to do. fortunately they were not in “lets fuck this guy” mood and hence gave me a nice warning and told that
no action is being taken against me."[/perfectpullquote]
Well that was a close one!