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Quebec's Pokemon Go players accused of late night noise and public urination

Some people living in Quebec City's Charlesbourg neighbourhood are fed up with seeing players on their lawn at 3 a.m., making noise and hunting for the little augmented reality animals with their smartphones.

Police are advising residents to make a complaint if they see abnormal activity

Pokemon Go players in Quebec City's Charlesbourgh neighbourhood are keeping residents up past 3:00 a.m. (Elysha Enos/CBC)

Having a Pokestop and gym near home is a dream for Pokemon Go players but a nightmare for residents of Quebec City's Charlesbourg neighbourhood.

Some residents of the Trait-Carré sector of the neighbourhood are fed up with seeing players on their lawn at 3 a.m., making noise and hunting for the little augmented reality animals with their smartphones.

Apartment building manager, Jean-Yves Parent, said that noise is only where the problem begins.

He's seen people urinate on trees and leave trash behind.

"This is a very pleasant place," Parent told CBC News. "We want it to stay nice and that's where we're having a problem."

Some residents of the Trait-Carré sector of Charlesbourg are fed up with seeing players on their lawn at 3 a.m. 0:27

He said he even hired a security guard to keep watch until players go elsewhere. The guard started working the evening of July 26 and is slated to keep working on the grounds until the Pokemon trend subsides. 

Sometimes hundreds of players roam the area, heads down and focused on their screens, residents say.

Resident Jacques Rochon filed a complaint with the city and requested Nintendo, the video game manufacturer, to remove the items that are attracting players to his neighbourhood.

Jacques Rochon and Cathy Doyle live next to a Pokestop in Quebec City. Rochon has filed a complaint with the city over the disruption it's caused. (Claudia Kedney-Bolduc/CBC)

Another resident, Suzanne Côté, said the late-night roaming makes it hard for her to sleep.

"We can't fall asleep until sometimes 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning," Côté said.

She added that there can be up to one hundred players at night trying to catch Pokemon near her home. 

Suzanne Côté said the Pokemon Go players upset her sleep, but that at least the game gets people outside. (Radio-Canada)
"Some leave, others arrive. It's very fluid," Côté said of the late night players.

She said she sees the positive aspects of the game, like bringing families together for outdoor fun.

"I like seeing parents coming with their children. And the fact that people are getting outside instead of just staying in on the internet."

Quebec City police are advising the public to make a complaint if they think things are getting out of hand.

"If there is abnormal activity, we will go and perform verifications," police spokesperson Pierre Poirier said.  

Pokemon Go players linger at the edge of a property in Quebec City. Residents complain of noise, garbage and public urination. (Claudia Kedney-Bolduc/CBC)

With files from Quebec AM, Peter Tardiff, Radio-Canada