Poor Guy Has Strangers Constantly Coming Over to His House Because It’s a Pokemon Gym
By Ryan General
July 11, 2016
Boon Sheridan found himself in a fascinating situation when he discovered that the hit augmented reality game Pokemon Go has turned his house’s location into one of the game’s virtual “gyms”, a place where you can train and level up a Pokemon. Now dozens of strangers are flock outside his door morning noon and night.
“Living in an old church means many things,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today it means my house is a Pokemon Go gym. This should be fascinating.”
Sheridan and his wife, who preferred living in a unique home, settled in a Massachusetts house that was built in the 1800’s as a church. “We liked places that were different,” he told Buzzfeed.
After downloading the new Pokémon Go app on Friday Sheridan discovered something odd when he came home: His house was marked on his Pokemon map as a “gym.” “I thought, that can’t be right,” he said.
The next morning, groups of teens and kids started showing up outside his house with their phones. Since “training” Pokemon requires a certain amount of time for a player to be in proximity with the gym, his newfound visitors would be hanging around for quite a while.
While there were some who chose to loiter at an adjacent park, most players would rather go near his “gym.” With the steady stream of people showing up to his house, he feels there seemed to be nothing much he can do about it.
He said he is not really bothered by his house’s newfound fame, however, he does find it weird that “no one bothered to check and see if it was an actual church or if it was a residence.”
Sheridan said he has spoken with some of the players, who are mostly his neighbors anyway. “I like meeting some of the people, it’s fun,” he said.
Of course, him owning the house doesn’t mean he gets to own the gym:
Meeting the “owner” of the “gym,” Sheridan said he found it was weird that he had no control over his home being chosen as a gym. He is also worried how the game seemed to encourage people to trespass on private property. Admittedly annoyed by the late night groupies, Sheridan said he was overall fine by it.
“I’m not angry — it was more surprised than anything else,” he said.
Sheridan is hoping to bring his predicament to the developers and putting some limits on the time and frequency people can go to his home or if it’s possible to change the location of the gym to the nearby park.
“I’d be cool with it if I could have some control over the hours,” he said. “I’d rather them get it sorted out a little bit better.”
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