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Police plead with Pokemon Go players to stop calling 911

Technically Incorrect: Oh, yes. The belief that there are monsters in police stations and firehouses is causing players to call in and check.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


No, please don't call 911 while you're on the Go.

Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET

A woman called 911 to complain that her pizza order was wrong.

A 6-year-old called 911 to say his dad had run a red light.

It's hardly surprising, then, that some Pokemon Go players have been calling 911 because they believe the police station houses monsters.

At Covina Police Department in California, Lt. Tim Doonan says his department has endured two Pokemon Go-related 911 calls, not to mention other monster-related inquiries.

Doonan took to Twitter to declare: "Attention Pokemon Go players...you may NOT access our jail. Please do not call and inquire."

"The tweet was to try and cut it off before it got legs," he told me.

Covina's problem, though, has echoes for police in Darwin, Australia. The police there posted to Facebook to explain that, yes, their station was, indeed, a Pokestop.

"Please be advised," said the post, "that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs."

Of course, it isn't just police stations.

You'd think it wouldn't need to be said, but the Los Angeles County Fire Department also took to Twitter to explain: "*ATTENTION* Please do not dial 911 or impact fire stations regarding POKEMON GO. 911 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY."

Note the capital letters, PokemonGolians. That means it's important, obvious and really, really getting on people's nerves.

Pokemon Go is, though, causing all kinds of other 911 issues.

Police in Massachusetts are being inundated with calls reporting suspicious activity. This turned about to be strange gamers, not used to the outside world, wandering in search of gyms and who knows what else?

And in Bellevue, Washington, police were called out to investigate a noise complaint. Yes, there were more than 100 gamers in a park enjoying their Pokemon rivalries.

Well, at least at this venue there were no reports of a PokemonGolian getting stabbed, as reportedly happened in Oregon.

You try telling humans right now that this is just a game.