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This angry man wants Pokemon Go players to get off his lawn

Technically Incorrect: A highly amusing (in its way) sign outside an apartment building demands that Pokemon Go players think about their life choices.

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


He's not happy with you, Pokemon Golians.

James Douglas Roy/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Not everyone is positively disposed toward Pokemon Go.

The game that has captivated many still has its detractors.

Some are police officers who wish you'd stop calling 911 in the hope the police are harboring a monster.

Some might be people who just have irrational urges toward players.

A Vancouver man, however, is sick and tired of the whole concept invading his personal peace.

James Douglas Roy therefore displayed a sign in front of his apartment building. And, helpfully, also on Twitter.

It makes for quite painful reading, if you're a Pokemon Go player. Perhaps, though it's almost amusing reading, should you be partial to entertaining curmudgeons.

Its largest letters offer a direct sentiment: "GET A LIFE AND STAY OUT OF MY YARD."

It seems that Roy has been pestered by Pokemon Golians trying to get onto his property in search of personal satisfaction.

To which he says: "THE WHOLE POKEMON HUNT IS THE STUPIDEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN."

He then explains that he's lived through such things as Hammer Pants, trickle-down economics, the Macarena and 10 seasons of "CSI: Miami."

Yes, but how did he survive them?

Roy suggests Pokemon Golians "HAVE A BEER AND SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE CHOICES."

I asked Roy whether his sign had been effective. He told me: "All quiet today."

But have local residents frowned his way, told him he's just an irritable sort?

"In person, none at all," he told me. "They laugh and take pictures. Only some internet people dislike it."

Ah, yes, those strange internet people.

I worry, though, that he hasn't quite experienced enough things that truly are worse than Pokemon Go, such as, say, a date with someone who insists that if you aren't a vegan you're a murderer.

Still, though I find Pokemon Go harmless and contemporary, I have a tinge of sympathy with Roy too.

You see, I have a friend. His next-door neighbor's garbage can lid keeps falling into his backyard. She then knocks on his door and asks him to get it back for her. Without so much as an apology or "please" at all.

No, I haven't suggested he put up a sign, but well, it seems they might work, doesn't it?