Thunder Bay Church ‘Lures’ Pokémon Go Players

A Thunder Bay church is riding the Pokémon Go trend: it is setting up lures to attract Pokémon on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It is inviting players to stop by, enjoy the refreshments, use the Wi-Fi, charge their devices, and use the washrooms.

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When asked by CBC News, Rev. Susan Mattinson admitted that she’s also playing the game, but the motivation is something else:

“The motivating factor is to just make connections with people,” she said. “I play the game also. I just [reached level] 16 last night, so I’m pretty excited about that, so there’s a similar interest here as well.”

Of course, their doors are also open to players who come to a service. That would be a bonus, she added.

Local shops and services are also try to cash in on the Pokémon Go hysteria: Eat Local at Pappa Piccolino’s Pizza started selling pizza and drink in local parks Monday night, CBC News reports. And they succeeded: staff sold hundreds of pizzas so they plan to go back again on Wednesday. So in case you are on a Pokémon hunt, you’ll be seeing them tonight.

The Thunder Bay Public Library is also trying to attract Pokémon Go players: it is encouraging trainers to use its branches as rest stops — where they can charge their phones and use the Wi-Fi, the report reads. “There are lots of critters wandering around in here,” children and youth services librarian Laura Prinselaar said. “I’ve certainly caught a few myself.”