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Holocaust Museum: Please Stop Playing Pokémon Go Here

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Holocaust Museum: Please Stop Playing Pokémon Go Here

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Pokémon Go, the new app game in which players [I have no fucking idea] has become an overwhelming success around the world this week, adding a reported $7.5 billion in market gains to parent company Nintendo. If you’re not currently playing the game as we speak, you’ve likely come across hordes of players roaming around the city trying to… catch…the…monsters? Still not sure, tbh.

Because of the way the game overlays its map onto the real world, however, the Pokémons are showing up in some unlikely, and inappropriate locations, like, say the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director, told The Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”

The Post found numerous people playing the game at the museum on Monday, noting:

Although the museum is uncomfortable with its Pokémon infestation, most of the players building up their digital critter collection inside the building at least didn’t seem to mean any disrespect.

“It’s not like we came here to play,” said Angie, a 37-year-old member of Dustin’s group who also declined to share her last name for privacy reasons, “But gotta catch ’em all.”

Do you though?