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Cemetery warns Pokemon Go players to be respectful

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Since its launch in the United States earlier this month, millions have played Pokemon Go.

The app even set a record for most downloads for the Apple App Store.

One place the app has people going has some people upset.

Cemeteries can be a hot spot for the virtual monsters because of their landmarks. Although there have been no reports of damage or blatant disrespect, some residents don't think it's appropriate.

Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw was a hot spot for PokeStops, but now the cemetery has a sign up warning players.

"It was dark out and you could see nothing but headlights in there and I'm sure it was Pokemon Go players," Calvin Bagley said. "Seemed odd to me for all these people to be in the cemetery in the middle of the night. A little creepy. Not somewhere I'd want to hand out, even if there are Pokemon there."

A PokeStop is where players gather items used to catch and heal Pokemon.

"I wouldn't do a cemetery. No, I'm not a fan. I think that's disrespectful," said DeShawn Hayes, Pokemon Go player.

The game is an augmented reality game that puts virtual Pokemon in your real world environment.

"I've been hearing that if you go to the cemeteries there's like crazy Pokemon that you can catch, but I'm just like not my cup of tea. I don't even do scary movies," Hayes said.

Roselawn Cemetery is one of the few places in Mid-Michigan posting signs warning Pokemon players to maintain a certain level of respect. The sign said anyone violating the respect, including playing of games, will be asked to leave and risk prosecution.

As for Bagley, he thinks the creators of Pokemon Go should not have PokeStops at cemeteries.

"I get wanting to get people out and be active and enjoy the beauty of you know, the scenery and everything. But a cemetery seems like an odd place, like they could do a little better," Bagley said.

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