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People are getting robbed and finding dead bodies while playing Pokémon Go

What is even happening?

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It’s all fun and games until somebody gets robbed. Or finds a dead body. Or has their home turned into a Pokéstop.

It feels as though everyone and their mother is playing the new smartphone game Pokémon Go, which requires users to actually venture off their couch and into the real world to find, capture and train their fictitious Pokémon characters.

The concept is kinda cool, which is why kids and adults seem obsessed with it, and why it’s been the No. 1 app in the App Store since its launch on Thursday and is currently No. 1 in the Google Play store, too.

But a bunch of smartphone-wielding youngsters walking around the streets looking for Pokémon hasn’t been entirely without incident. The game isn’t even a week old and already some crazy stuff has happened to its roaming horde of Pokémon trainers.

In Missouri (and probably other places), people are getting robbed while playing the game. On Sunday morning, Missouri’s O’Fallon Police Department posted a warning on Facebook that thieves were targeting Pokéstops — real-world locations that users visit to accomplish tasks within the augmented-reality game.

"Apparently they were using the app to locate ppl standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in," the post reads.

One of those Pokéstops, not in Missouri, was apparently some guy’s home. On Sunday, a Twitter user by the name of Boon Sheridan tweeted that his house, an old church, was labeled as a Pokémon Gym inside the app. Cars and strangers were loitering outside his property all day.

"I’ve officially stopped counting after easily 30+ people walking up and as many cars pulling up for a few minutes," Sheridan tweeted as part of a fascinating tweet thread.

An Australian police station was also listed as a Pokéstop and had to remind users on Facebook that they didn’t actually need to come inside the station to play the game.

Other users on the hunt for Pokémon have had ... err ... interesting days. A 19-year-old woman found a dead body floating in a river near her home in Wyoming while looking for Pokémon. This guy even caught a Pokémon while his wife was giving birth. (Maybe it’s a joke?)

And, as with any trend that seems to catch fire online, there has been no shortage of tweets both celebrating and mocking everything about Pokémon Go.

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