Concern about 'Pokemon Go' users at Paragould cemetery

'Pokemon Go' brings users to the cemetery
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Members of the city of Paragould are unhappy the new smartphone app, "Pokémon Go" has brought people to a cemetery for fun.

The game lets users capture Pokémon, battle with other users in gyms and collect items at Pokéstops using a phone's location settings.

Like the gyms, the Pokéstops are placed at several locations across communities in the U.S., including cemeteries.

Seth Bass and his brother Aaron have spent a lot of time at the Linwood Cemetery in Paragould looking for Pokémon.

He understands the issue with showing up to the cemetery for a game, but he really enjoys the free items.

"I don't think it freaks me out," Bass said. "I just think eventually it will become a bigger problem. You know like last night I got pulled over by a cop and he was like "Hey I don't have a problem with the game. What are you doing out here?" That's exactly what I'm doing. I'm looking for Pokémon. So, he just let me go."

City Clerk Andrea Williams said the city maintains the Linwood Cemetery and doesn't think people should be visiting it for that reason.

"It's a place for respect," Williams said. "I don't think it was intended to be a place to play a game."

Region 8 is not the only place seeing this problem.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery both issued appeals for players to avoid hunting Pokémon on their sites.

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