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Actor in Pokemon Go spoof fined and charged

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016

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An actor in a Pokemon Go spoof video has been fined and charged for the “very dangerous stunt” of walking on TTC subway tracks.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said Mark Correia, 20, will appear in court next month to face a charge of unauthorized access on subway tracks. The set fine is $425.

Pokemon Go Problems, which was posted on Facebook by Noodle Boys last month, has been viewed more than 5.5 million times.

In the video, Correia is seen bumping into doors, wandering up escalators — and walking on subway tracks as he plays the popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go.

Correia said transit representatives talked to him a few days ago and explained the charge.

Correia said he and his friends had agreed that if they were charged, they wouldn’t “run from it.”

“It was not shocking, per se,” he said of the charge. “It’s scary, but it makes complete sense to us. We did something illegal.”

He said the video was supposed to be a warning to people, that they shouldn’t get too invested in Pokemon Go or other video games.

“If people didn’t believe that, they can believe a fine and court date are a reason not to do it,” he said. “And also death.”

Ross said death was a real possibility for Correia while he was on the tracks. Ross noted in July that trains at Union Station come in on a curve, so there’s no line of sight. He added that Correia could have tripped and touched the third rail, which would have electrocuted him.

“The video as a whole can be funny, but that specific part of it maybe shouldn’t be in there,” Correia said.

Last month, police forces across Canada warned of the risks involved in playing augmented reality games as more and more people were getting injured or landing in trouble as they played the game.

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