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Pokemon No! Zeeland warns gamers in cemetery

Jaleesa Irizarry/WZZM-TV • Jun 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM

ZEELAND — One city in Ottawa County has had enough with people disturbing the dead. Pokemon Go players have been caught playing inside the Zeeland Cemetery.

The smartphone game became popular back in 2016. Since then, much of the hype has settled down. But over the last few months, cemetery crews have seen people playing it on the grounds.

Savany Rath lives across the street from the city's cemetery and also noticed the unusual traffic in the cemetery as early as 6 a.m.

"I've noticed it early in the morning,” she said. “When I am getting ready for work and leaving, and I've seen cars just parked out the front — like, what are they doing there? Especially when I have kids just roaming around here and you're just like creeping just like right in front, it's a little scary."

It's something cemetery crews have found bothersome and bizarre.

City officials wouldn't comment on camera, but they told WZZM-TV that it’s become a nuisance. They have spoken to some of these gamers and they say they are passionate about the game and don't understand what the big issue is.

"For me, I think it's just a little rude. I feel like they're disturbing the peace," Rath added.

Per city ordinance, if you're caught doing anything not normally conducted in a cemetery, you could be cited with a civil infraction.

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