Local cemetery asks ‘Pokemon Go’ players to stay out

Graceland Cemetery Pokeman Go
Sign posted in front of Graceland Cemetery in Grand Rapids Township. (July 29, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A local cemetery is asking “Pokemon Go” players to stay out of the graveyard.

A sign asking for “Pokemon Go” players to show respect was placed in front of the entrance to Graceland Cemetery, located on Cascade Road SE near I-96 in Grand Rapids Township.

The sign warns that anyone violating the high level of respect required at the cemetery, including playing of games, will be asked to leave and risk prosecution.

Workers at the cemetery told 24 Hour News 8 they haven’t had problems in the Grand Rapids-area, but some of their facilities in Detroit have. As a result, corporate ordered the signs to be placed at all of their locations.

Graceland Cemetery isn’t the only place in West Michigan asking “Pokemon Go” players to be respectful.

Earlier this month, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park encountered more people trying to sneak onto the garden grounds overnight since the debut of the “Pokemon Go” smartphone app.

“Our security team has reported some difficulties with groups trying to sneak in after hours and we would just ask that people respect our open hours,” said Public Relations Manager John VanderHaagen.

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