It’s safe to say Pokemon Go has taken over the national conversation this past week, happy National Day, by the way.
There are tonnes of statistics showcasing just how huge its impact is.
Perhaps the most heartwarming points are the anecdotes of how families are bonding thanks to the Niantic game.
But like any cultural phenomenon, there will be people who try to claim it as their own.
This was what Facebook user Tan Pei Shi’s mother faced when she was out at Bishan Park trying to catch them all.
Here is what happened, according to Tan.
My parents were at Bishan Park yesterday night, minding their own business, catching Pokemons as they go. It was hard to get my mom started over games, because she felt that this was a “young people thing”.
She was shy the previous days when we were out hunting, concerned over how people viewed her. Stepping our from comfort zone itself was a huge feat achieved.
There’s this obnoxious person, around 20s as described by my parents, passing a judgemental remark as they walked past them, saying “SO OLD ALREADY STILL PLAYING!” My dad looked at them, while my mom doesn’t, pretending that she didn’t hear it.
The mother was, understandably, embarrassed by the public shaming.
“My mom doesn’t even want to go to the park now, for fear that someone else would judge again.”
Tan, upset at the comment aimed at her mother, concluded her Facebook post with this threat to the Bishan Park perpetrator.
To that narrow minded scumbag that said that, I hope you read this, and think about how your thoughtless words hurt someone’s feelings.
Are you happy now? If you’re human enough, I hope you are struck by at least a tinge of guilt, ruining someone’s day. You are a piece of sh*t, and I think before you poison the community please learn some basic manners first before being released to the wild.
Encouragingly, Tan’s post on Facebook community page Pokemon Go Sg elicited nothing but support.
Some recounted their own experience with ageism.
Others highlighted how being older doesn’t prevent you from being amazing at the game.
While a few questioned the need to impose an age range for Pokemon Go.
And perhaps the best solution for getting the mother back on the Poke bandwagon was this.
So, for those who think there is an age limit to being the very best, remember that there is a 10 year old boy, who has been trying to “catch them all” for over two decades, and still haven’t evolved his Pikachu yet.
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