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Dire warnings abound as Pokémon Go fever sweeps Thailand

Just three days into the Pokémon Go craze and lawyers, police, teachers and employers are all warning of dire consequences of the augmented reality game.

In latest developments:

  • authorities are contacting Japan so that zones are set up to limit where the game is played in Thailand
  • police have warned motorists of heavy fines for playing in cars
  • education authorities are banning the game in schools fearing children will stop learning
  • lawyers and employers are warning employees they face the sack for playing at work
  • police have warned people not to be lured into secluded places where they might fall victim to theft or attack
  • authorities are concerned that the public and especially children may rack up massive internet and add on bills that they won’t be able to pay back

First up – authorities in Bangkok have arranged an urgent meeting with True Corporation who act as a go between with the copyright holders in Japan.

They are to ask that representation be made to limit the game to safe and appropriate zones.

They want to see a ban at places like hospitals and areas where security is paramount or where there is annoyance caused to other members of the public.

They even want the footpaths off limit saying that footpaths in Japan are wide and safe but in Thailand they can be dangerous.

There is also concern about high internet bills as the game has seen a massive spike in internet usage since it started on Saturday.

Add ons for the game can also be expensive and parents have been warned to keep a close eye on what their children are doing.

A police spokesman said that motorists would face fines of between 400 and 1000 baht if caught playing the game while driving.

Fines would be levied even if motorists were stopped at the lights.

They urged the public to play responsibly and think about and respect others.

An online lawyer has warned that employees caught playing the game could face instant dismissal without compensation or severance pay.

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