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Pokemon players raise trash concerns

Good fun for most sometimes getting out of hand
Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 21:45:38-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pokemon Go smartphone game caught on so quickly some problems that threaten to spoil the fun showed up too.
 
Large groups of players have led to concerns that they will leave trash behind while they search for the mythical little monsters.
 
When a lot of people are having fun there's always the chance someone will spoil things for everyone.
      
Let's consider good taste.  In the DC area, did Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Memorial really have to tell people it's disrespectful to play Pokemon at those sites?  They both did.
       
At Tucson’s reid Park the concerns are more that players will leave trash behind.
 
It's like a scene from the Twilight Zone.
      
What mass compulsion would leave so many people under control of the small slab in their hands?
        
It's Pokemon Go, a new portable version of a game many players remember from their youth.
          
But with so many people under Pokemon's spell, some of the players are leaving trash behind.
 
Pokemon player Andre Rioux says, “'I don't think it's the game that's doing it.  It's the fact there's lots of people.  And since this game appeals to such a wide variety of people.  It's not just old guys like me or little 12 year olds there's everything in between so you're gonna get a crosscut of what's good and what's bad."
       
And the good side of the gaming community is coming out too. Clean-up efforts are coming together.  Amber Peenunuri started a family clean up on her own.  She shows part of her dedication with an arm full of Pokemon tattoos.
 
That's just part of her dedication to Pokemon.
 
"This is Vaporeon.  This is Leafeon.  This is Sylveon.  This is Espeon.  This is Umbreon and this is Glaceon."
 
Speaking of her clean-up she says, “What I do impacts what they do so I'm trying to have a positive influence on my children as well, so..."