Rhodes was once an ordinary, developing suburb in Sydney, Australia — until “Pokémon Go” happened.
Featuring augmented reality, “Pokémon Go” requires players to explore places to find and collect Pokémon. As it turned out, Rhodes became a melting pot of rare breeds — about 110 varieties have shown up so far.
One resident told BuzzFeed News that the location is desirable because it has three intersecting PokéStops. “It results in triple experience points, triple monsters [Pokémon], and triple coins. There are also continual ‘lures’ in this zone, which means there is a constant flow of monsters.”
The tipster added, “The place is in complete chaos with crowds of well over 1,000 per night. There is a massive level of noise after midnight, uncontrollable traffic, excessive rubbish, smokers, drunk people, people who are ‘camping’ in the site, and even people peddling mobile phone chargers.”
Nightly meet-ups reportedly started with just about 70 local residents, until news spread like wildfire. The second day saw about 150 people; the third had around 500 and so on. As each night became more hyperactive than the previous, residents who happened to not care about the game went nuts.
As per Sydney Morning Herald, angry residents took matters into their own hands by waterbombing 300 players, clearly unhappy of everything that’s going on. One local reported “complete chaos” and “massive levels of noise” post-midnight – not very conducive for good sleep
Pokemon Go players water bombed in Rhodes by residents. Waiting for revenge of the nerds pic.twitter.com/QF1nQD9Tb3
— Brianna Parkins (@parkinsbrea) July 13, 2016
Authorities have been contacted to control the situation and have reportedly threatened $200 fines for loiterers. A New South Wales Police Force spokesperson said they have been posting messages on social media platforms since July 8, “This has been encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings and not compromise your safety when playing this game.”
Meanwhile, in the United States, officials were disgusted by players who gather at the 9/11 Memorial Pool, the Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, Daily Mail reported. These places are meant to be respected, after all.
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