First Pokemon Go Arrest: Players Defy Ghost Month Tradition

On the first day Pokemon Go was released in Taiwan, people wandered the streets late at night hunting for virtual monsters, despite the fact that it is ghost month.

The gates of the underworld are said to have opened on the first day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calender, which fell on August 4 this year. People usually avoid going out late at night, avoid swimming or going near the ocean, rivers, or streams, and engage in various rituals to keep hungry, mischievous ghosts away.

Pokemon was released on August 6, leading to many people wandering around late at night. Several Pokemon-related accidents have been reported, and one arrest has been made.

A 20 year-old man surnamed Guo, crashed his motorcycle in a tunnel in New Taipei City around 11pm last night while playing the game. The young man suffered a broken knee and multiple abrasions in the accident.

A man injured in a traffic accident while playing Pokemon Go
A 20 year-old man who crashed while riding his scooter and playing Pokemon Go at the same time in New Taipei City August 6, 2016. Photo: Apple Daily

A woman was arrested in Miaoli at around 3:00am after being seen riding her scooter veering side to side, with her eyes fixed to her phone. Checking her identity, police found that their was an outstanding arrest warrant for her of more than one year standing.

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, exhorted citizens to pay attention to safety when they are playing the game, whether on foot, cycling, or driving.

Ms. Liu is arrested after playing Pokemon Go
A 19 year-old woman surnamed Liu was arrested after being seen riding erratically while playing Pokemon Go. There was an outstanding arrest warrant for Ms. Liu issued by a court in Hsinchu more than one year ago.
People on campus at Taiwan National University in Taipei
People are seen late evening August 6 on the campus of National Taiwan University, as Taiwan is swept by the Pokemon craze. Picture: UDN
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One thought on “First Pokemon Go Arrest: Players Defy Ghost Month Tradition

  • September 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Is Ms. Liu still setting in the slammer. I have a buddy who is looking for a ‘friend.’


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