Pokemon GO players have made headlines for playing the game while driving recently, with one Pokemon GO-playing driver receiving a fine from the police. But this latest story about a Pokemon GO player and their car has a bit of a twist.
A report from NBC5 details the story of one Pokemon GO player from Oklahoma City, OK. whose car was stolen as he attempted to catch ’em all. The player, named Devante Frazier, explains that he received a notification on his phone about a Geodude spawn nearby. Frazier couldn’t “turn down something that good” and so he pulled over and left his car in order to catch the Pokemon.
Unfortunately for Frazier, his car was stolen as he was trying to catch the Geodude and he had to watch as the thief drove the vehicle down the highway. The car-less Pokemon GO player says that he was “moderately in shock” and stood by the side of the road in disbelief that it was his car. Frazier also admits that it was a “dumb idea” to leave the car unattended by the side of the road with his keys inside.
On the one hand, it’s positive to hear about a Pokemon GO player electing not to play the game while behind the wheel since recent studies have noted the huge cost of Pokemon GO-related car crashes and accidents. But it was pretty foolish to leave the keys in the car and not to lock the car either.
People have died after being hit by cars driven by players too focused on the game but Frazier chose not to play the game and drive, which was the right thing to do. Yes, his car was stolen, but it could have been a lot worse had Frazier chose to continue driving while trying to catch that Geodude.
But on the other hand, it highlights how so many Pokemon GO players play the game without thinking. There have been many cautionary tales about players not paying attention, including the story about a group of Pokemon GO-playing teens who found themselves in danger due to the rising tide.
Had Frazier been a bit more focused on the security of his car rather than Pokemon GO, he might still have that car. Hopefully, he was at least able to catch a Geodude for his trouble.
Pokemon GO is available for Android and iOS devices.