Woman uses Pokemon Go game for business opportunity

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:16:14-04

Even a scorcher like today isn't stopping Emily Guest from trying to "catch ‘em all" in Pokémon Go. “I've been a Pokémon fan my whole life and I just love the game,” Guest said.

Guest's efforts are a little easier thanks to some hired help. The driver, Sarah, is charging for the lift. She's even advertising her service on Craigslist. “I just drive, wherever they want to go. Pokestops, gyms, whatever.”

Sarah goes by “Banana Mama” and wears a banana costume. It doesn't have anything to do with the Pokémon Go game. She said she just had the costume laying around and thought it would be fun to use. As for her post, she only put it up on Craigslist on Tuesday night and she's already gotten a handful of people inquiring about her service.

“It's just fun. It's like a sense of community because it feels like we're all family. We're all Pokefamily,” Banana Mama said.

She created the ad after hearing about the dangers of the game. There have been reports across the nation of gamers getting hurt from paying too much attention to their phone and not enough to their surroundings.

”There are a lot of children and bike riders in this area and we need safe game play. I mean, we can't be driving and catching Pokémon. It's a disaster waiting to happen.”

The extra income doesn't hurt. She charges $45 for the first hour. Additional time costs less. “I feed rescue dogs. I have bills. I moved. So, yea, I need to catch up on stuff. This does help.”

For more information, email her at bananamama716@yahoo.com.