If you have to play Pokémon GO, and yes, we get it, you have to — you may want to think about staying away from memorials honoring people killed on 9/11.
Designers of Pokémon GO, a game where you "catch" little weird virtual characters in real-life locations, designated the 9/11 Memorial pools as some of the many "Pokéstops" — places to get virtual supplies for the app and grab some Pokémon (the creatures) too.
And a host of those little Pokémon are over the 9/11 Memorial Pools — where the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11 are engraved, set along the footprints of the destroyed Twin Towers, Gothamist first reported.
America 🇺🇸 https://t.co/r6dZDk5PAY— Jen Chung (@jenchung) July 11, 2016
Not surprisingly, some other people visiting the 9/11 Memorial — who are not glued to Pokémon GO — have said the fact that people are heading to the site to play is pretty terrible.
“To make this as a spot in a game, I think that’s wrong,” Mickey Kennedy, 61, a native New Yorker who visited the site Tuesday told Time. “A lot of people died here. It’s a place to reflect, not to play a game.”
But others say that the people posing for smiling selfies at the memorial are no different from the Pokémon GO gamers.
“We're minding ourselves, we're not being rowdy or anything. I don't think it's anymore of a nuisance than people stopping taking picture. I come to work every day and see people taking selfies smiling and laughing. To me that's much worse,” Bob Guerci, a 35-year-old who works for a video game company that's based in One World Trade Center, told the Daily News.
He added that he'd lost friends on 9/11 and the game playing experience made him finally comfortable at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
The 9/11 Memorial did not respond to request for comment.
Meanwhile, Pokémon is being played at a variety of inappropriate places all across the country. Officials at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. have asked people not to play there.
Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokemon here https://t.co/rsONgXWq6M— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 12, 2016
There have also been Pokestops on gravesites, at "adult entertainment" stores and in creepy remote locations — probably not great places for pre-teen gamers.