In 2016, human society has reached the point where a street robbery begins with the mugger asking his victim: “Are you playing Pokémon? What level are you on?”
Kansas City police say that is exactly what happened in one of five recent robberies of people who were all targeted while playing Pokémon Go, a smartphone game that has swept the globe since its release this month.
Police on Thursday offered the information about the five Pokémon-related robberies as a way to remind people to beware of walking around with their eyes glued to their phones.
“We just want people to be safe,” said Capt. Stacey Graves, a police spokeswoman. “We want people to be aware of their surroundings.”
The Police Department weeks ago issued a set of safety tips — “Pokémon No-Go’s” — that included an advisory to not play the game while driving.
Other agencies across the country have offered similar advice. The National Safety Council has issued a statement warning that “no race to capture a cartoon monster is worth a life.”