On September 8th we hosted a full day on our Charity Raid Bus for Pokemon Go – such a full day that we had to hire two charter buses to carry more than 100 players around San Antonio to catch the Legendary Bird Moltres. If we were lucky some would be “shiny”. Sadly, one of the passengers – Ryan Wilson – didn’t feel that his bus reached enough Pokemon and he filed an “item never received” chargeback via his credit card.
Our charity effort had raised $800 for an animal rescue that we work with often, much of this was raised when we raffled off a Nintendo Switch along with a handful of other prizes. Unfortunately, that $800 total dropped to $755 once Wilson filed his credit card chargeback. The ticket to the event ran $25 and when you file a chargeback via your credit card vs just opening a dispute with PayPal, PayPal issues the vendor (that’s us) a $20 fee for them to deal with that person’s financial institution.
I wondered if they would do this as a tie in when Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released, but apparently Niantic is going to randomly drop Alola form Pokémon on us in the near future. An official news item has been added to the game stating:
“Trainers, sunny days are ahead! Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we’re celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokemon from the tropical Alola region to Pokémon GO! Get ready for some of the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms! These unique variants were first seen in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, and they will make their way to Pokémon GO in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for news related to this exciting change – and don’t forget to tell your friends! Stay safe, and happy exploring!”
Wow! When we started doing more and more community events I never saw us knee deep in creek water dragging tires out of the mud. That said, thank you eternally to everyone that came out to support our Earth Day clean-up at Olmos Basin Park. If you haven’t seen the gallery yet, visit here.
For a full break down of all the rewards from Earth Day you can check out this article by Forbes (who cover Pokemon Go for some reason) and we highly suggest you hit up the Quarry or the Pearl to collect Wailmer while they’re spawning with a higher rate of getting a shiny.
My first raid bus was on August 12th, it was a RaidTX bus and it was their first bus here in San Antonio. I was the guest of a team leader and as soon as the bus started you could tell no one was really in charge, no one was really sure what to do first, or where we should start.
I don’t deny that I stepped up, and I have been accused of “taking over” that first bus. I won’t argue that from some points of view that’s what it looked like. Some might say I stepped up to fill a need, others might say I overstepped. I felt like someone needed to call out our destinations, and so I stepped into the role of navigator – which I’ve now continued to do for over 300 Legendary raids from August to now the end of October.
That fist San Antonio bus from RaidTX left a lot to be desired,