Pokémon Go has allowed players to catch their favorite Pokémon by exploring their real life towns and cities, which is a dream come true for any aspiring trainer.
But to everyone else, the game is causing such a nuisance, it's not even legal!
According to a new lawsuit filed in California federal court, the augmented reality mobile game is encouraging its users to break nuisance laws.
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Plaintiff Jeffrey Marder noticed youths with their phones in hand lingering outside his West Orange, New Jersey home in the first week following the game's release.
But things soon got worse when players went as far to ask if they could catch Pokémon in Marder's backyard! The lawsuit filed by attorney Jennifer Pafiti states:
"At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff's door and asked for access to Plaintiff's backyard in order to 'catch' Pokémon that the game had placed at Plaintiff's residence in West Orange, New Jersey — without Plaintiff's permission. Defendants have shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pokémon without seeking the permission of property owners."
Doesn't he understand that the players are trying to help him out by catching that pesky Meowth in his backyard? If not, it'll be hell on his rhododendrons! LOLz!
Jokes aside, Marder points out that he's not the only resident unhappy with the surge in entitled Pokémon Go players — other homeowners, movie theaters, and even historical landmarks have demonstrated concert that their locations were tagged by the game as Poké-Stops or Gyms that enhance gameplay.
Marder is suing The Pokémon Company, Nintendo, and game developer Niantic.
He is seeking damages or repayment of Pokémon Go's profits — as well as an injunction to prevent in-game GPS tags from being placed on private property without the owner's permission.
Do YOU think Pokémon Go is on the map a little too much?
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