Unsuspecting homes became in-game hotspots
The majority of Pokémon Go's "gyms" were assigned in public places based on existing map data. But because Massachusetts resident Boon Sheridan's home was an active church over 40 years ago, it wound up as one of the game's hangouts, drawing players to his now-private property. Sheridan's understandably ticked off about the disturbance, and concerned it might even lead his property's value to decline.
Other high-profile gym locations? The Pentagon, the White House, and the Westboro Baptist Church's compound in Topeka, Kansas. In defiance of the latter group's frequent homophobic hate speech, Pokémon players are proudly posting messages like "LoveIsLove."
Among the more distasteful gym locations: Arlington National Cemetery and Holocaust memorials in Poland and Washington, D.C. C'mon, guys: just because you get service doesn't mean you should have your phone out.