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Police mistakenly identify three Pokémon Go players as drug dealers

The fervor around Pokémon Go is understandable. Ever since the game made its debut earlier this week, people have been out on the streets trying to find and catch Pokémon scattered around their neighborhoods, often leading to hilarious outcomes. However, things went awry for a 40-year-old user trying to hunt Pokémon at 3AM.

From the Reddit thread:

Couldn't sleep so I downloaded the game and took a 3am walk. There is a little park a few blocks from me that had like three pokestops and a gym, so I wandered over there to see what the game could offer. Picked up an Evee outside my house and a couple of trash pokes on the way to the park.So I get there and wander around a little checking out the stops and rustling around in the tall grass, then decide to go a few blocks away to see a couple more stops when I hear from the darkness a "Yo, my man!" Turning I see two sketchy looking dudes sitting on a bench in the dark. I must have walked right past them without noticing them Great. One of them waves "My man, check over by the blue truck over there we got an onyx earlier."So I wander over by the truck and sure enough there's a fucking onyx there. Awesome. So I end up chatting with the guys for a bit, told em where I got my evee, they convinced me to join red team when I hit level five so we could "lock shit down" in the neighbourhood.Then the cop shows up.Yeah, so it turns out two twentysomething black dudes and a forty year old white guy chilling in the park at 3am looks strange. It took a bit of talking to convince the cop we weren't doing a drug deal, and a bit longer to explain the game. Then the cop downloaded the fucking game on his phone and asked us how to get started.

Not sure as to what all the fuss is about? Here's what you need to know about the augmented reality game:

Pokémon Go is available in select regions right now, with developer Niantic's servers overloaded from the sheer mass of users playing the game. In the meantime, be sure to check out our extensive coverage of the game.

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  • I've always told people nerd culture can bring us all together. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm not touching the game. Seems ridiculous to me. I have better things to do with my time!
  • No fun allowed, right?
  • Whenever iMore feels like it has had enough of re-blogging unverifiable anecdotes from Reddit, especially about video games, that will be a great day.
  • There are plenty of other websites you can visit
  • "identify" is a stretch... "Investigate" seems more accurate.
  • Jeez, can we knock the pikachu articles on the head now please! I hope the next bloody podcast isn't all about pokey!
  • Then go to another website?
  • iMore, don't become as trashy as TechCrunch. If I want F-bombs, I'll read their garbage. They have plenty of them. That being said, the last line about the cop downloading the game is the best part.
  • C'mon iMore, you can do better than this. That click-bait-ey headline is misleading at best and factually inaccurate at worst. First of all, this is from a single unverifiable anecdote on Reddit. I'd say the chances of this being accurate at all are somewhere below 50-50. Second, even if the events occurred exactly as described, the article should read "Single police officer sees people congrgating in a park at 3 am, investigates, and discovers nothing illegal. Police officer is at least partially interested in mobile games, like millions of other Americans." It's a fun anecdote for Reddit, and that's exactly where it belongs.
  • Two young black men, a 40-year old white and a doubtful cop? Hmmm, very interesting story alright.