'Incredibly dangerous' Pokemon Go stunt draws ire of TTC
Online video intended to flag the potential perils of Pokemon Go
An online video trying to flag the potential perils of Pokemon Go is drawing the ire of the Toronto Transit Commission for its shot depicting a young man walking alongside the tracks at Union Station.
The video, uploaded on Tuesday by YouTubers Noodle Boys, depicts the precarious — albeit exaggerated — situations that avid Pokemon Go players might encounter when oblivious to everything but trying to catch 'em all.
The augmented reality game officially launched in Canada over the weekend, but thousands of players countrywide have already been capturing the virtual creatures.
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Perhaps the most contentious scene in the video features actor Mark Correia casually strolling on the tracks at Union Station pecking at his phone.
The TTC said it is "unimpressed, to say the least."
TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said the video was an "incredibly dangerous stunt" that could have resulted in the actor's death. He added that the TTC was not asked for permission to shoot the video.
"The disregard for their own safety and convenience of others is of great concern to us," Ross said of the video creators.
Besides an oncoming train, 600 volts of electricity run through the third rail, he cautioned.
An investigation is ongoing and could result in charges for trespassing and filming without a permit, Ross said. The fine is upwards of $500.
"Don't ever go down to the track to try to make any kind of a point," Ross said. "It's just not worth it."
In an interview with CBC News, Correia acknowledged the subway stunt was dangerous and illegal.
"People are upset about that, which I understand, but as a comedian we are always trying to push the boundaries," the 20-year-old said.
Correia said he went onto the tracks immediately after a train had departed. The video was shot on Monday but he would not say what time of day he shot the subway stunt.
"I don't advise anyone to go do this at all," he said. "I'm trying to show, please don't do this by doing it, so I guess it's kind of ironic, but that's what I try to do as an artist."
Correia said he did not feel unsafe and thought a shot of him walking right off the dock into Lake Ontario would raise more concern.
In the video, Correia also stumbles over a pair of trash cans at Nathan Phillips Square and walks right into traffic near Yonge-Dundas Square — all things he does not condone, he said, adding he has stunt training.
"If people feel unsafe for me, I don't want them to feel that. I just want them laughing," he said.