Adding to the litany of ridiculous, Pokémon GO-related mishaps, two Canadian teenagers have illegally crossed the Canadian/American border. Yes, two teens were so distracted by the mobile game that they looked up from their phones and found themselves in a completely different country.
The teens were walking and hunting Pokémon in Coutts, Alberta and, as Newser reports, suddenly found themselves around Sweet Grass, Montana (that’s about an hour’s walk, give or take). Of course, it didn’t take long for U.S. Border Patrol to realize what happened—a situation that was probably met with a bit of eye rolling, I’m sure. The authorities brought the teens home and released them to their parents.
So let’s go ahead and add “illegally crossing into neighboring countries” into an ever growing list of unique hazards threatening Pokémon GO trainers, which already includes walking off a cliff, walking into traffic, discovering a dead body, getting robbed, minor injuries, and the occasional case of breaking and entering. Pokémon GO is a really fun game, you guys, and it’s great that so many of us are finding reasons to get up and go outside. Just pay attention to what’s happening around you. You know, be sure you’re aware when you’re about to exit your own country and illegally enter another. I kinda feel like I shouldn’t have to say this.
Thankfully, the Canadian teens weren’t hurt, and were released to their parents pretty quickly after their unplanned American vacation. This time, it seems like the latest instance of Pokémon problems were pretty harmless. But still! Be mindful.
Of course, if you already do have a crazy Pokémon GO story, tell us about it in the comments!
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