POKEMON GO COMES TO DNC'S SECURE ZONE

A treasure trove of mementos and trophies are on offer at the Democratic National Convention this week: everything from t-shirts, buttons and condoms – to America’s most heavily-guarded Pokemon.
Reality game Pokemon Go has generated at least half a dozen of the collectible critters around the Wells Fargo Center and surrounding protest sites in South Philadelphia.
But fans may have trouble collecting them all because at least two – a Doduo and a Rattata – are situated just behind the eight-foot security fence erected to keep demonstrators out of the sprawling sports complex.
Other goodies on offer include an assortment of witty t-shirts, buttons, posters and bandannas covered in various Bernie Sanders slogans and silhouettes of his famed wispy hairline.
‘We sell the Bernie stuff outside and the Hillary stuff inside,’ says Dave Mullen, 60, a retired union worker and part of three-strong vending team working the four-day convention.
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Got to get them all: These Pokemon are inside the secure zone of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, suggesting that delegates are taking time out of booing Hillary Clinton's name to play the game
Got to get them all: These Pokemon are inside the secure zone of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, suggesting that delegates are taking time out of booing Hillary Clinton's name to play the game
Got to get them all: These Pokemon are inside the secure zone of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, suggesting that delegates are taking time out of booing Hillary Clinton’s name to play the game
And in real life: Uniformed Secret Service officers are deployed close to where the Pokemon are. The DNC venue is surrounded by a four-mile fence
And in real life: Uniformed Secret Service officers are deployed close to where the Pokemon are. The DNC venue is surrounded by a four-mile fence
Protesters can catch this one: A squirtle is placed outside the fence
Pokemon players are not guided that their quarry is behind the fence which is not marked on the game maps
Protesters can catch this one: A squirtle is placed outside the fence – and game players are not guided that their quarry is behind the fence which is not marked on the game maps (right)
Inside the zone: The heavily-fortified Wells Fargo Center is surrounded by a climb-proof fence designed to deter protesters
Inside the zone: The heavily-fortified Wells Fargo Center is surrounded by a climb-proof fence designed to deter protesters
His novelty themes include ‘It’s Always Bernie in Philadelphia’ and ‘Quakers for Bernie’, a mock-up of the Quaker oats logo, with shirts selling for $10 apiece.
Stashed out of sight, he has various items promoting Hillary Clinton and even Donald Trump, which he sold last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
‘This is a Bernie rally fellas,’ he says with a smile. ‘We wouldn’t even dare selling any Trump stuff here.’
One stand is bucking the trend by peddling Donald Trump mementos – but the design is far from complimentary.
Dr Venita Kelley’s t-shirts say ‘Get the Trump outta h’eah!’ and they are selling well online and outside the bustling convention venue.
‘Trump’s rhetoric will take us back 100 years to the days of segregation,’ says Kelley, a 53-year-old educator from Ohio.
‘I get that people don’t like Hillary and they admire Bernie, but they need to refocus quickly. We need to be united and intellectually smart to beat Trump’.
Novelty garb is also proving a lucrative side-line for Ronda Sims, 35, who reckons she has pushed more than 10,000 buttons at rallies and primaries this political season.
‘A lot of men shy away from thinning hair but Bernie’s hair is his symbol,’ she says. ‘You can put it on anything and immediately people will say ‘yep that’s Bernie Sanders’.’
For single delegates there is an array of novelty condoms on sale celebrating Sanders, Clinton and even Trump.
Sellers aren't with her: Bernie Sanders badges are the clear winners for souvenir retailers outside the convention
Sellers aren’t with her: Bernie Sanders badges are the clear winners for souvenir retailers outside the convention
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Novelty items: Condoms making fun of Clinton's abysmal numbers on trust are among the joke souvenirs on sale
Novelty items: Condoms making fun of both parties are among the joke souvenirs on sale
Novelty items: Condoms making fun of Clinton’s abysmal numbers on trust are among the joke souvenirs on sale (left). Others make fun of both parties
Art of the deal: Trump branded condoms are being sold for $5 for delegates who want to have a bit of fun
Art of the deal: Trump branded condoms are being sold for $5 for delegates who want to have a bit of fun
Opposition: The souvenir sellers are also carrying anti-Trump material in recognition of their audience
Opposition: The souvenir sellers are also carrying anti-Trump material in recognition of their audience
Feel the (other) Bern: Daily Mail Online's Ben Ashford greets local resident Mel Davis who is having a huge reception because of his uncanny resemblance to Bernie Sanders
Feel the (other) Bern: Daily Mail Online’s Ben Ashford greets local resident Mel Davis who is having a huge reception because of his uncanny resemblance to Bernie Sanders
The packaging for Bernie’s protection says ‘feel the Bern’, Clinton’s rubber reads ‘Trusted more than Hillary’ while The Donald’s offering simply declares ‘I’m HUUUUGE!’
Others say ‘Make America Erect Again’ and ‘The Ultimate Stimulus Package’.
‘They are five bucks each and bit of fun,’ says Damian Charles, 25, a music and film production worker from New York.
‘The biggest selling condom has both party emblems and it says ‘either way we’re screwed”.
But what do you get for the delegate who has everything?
How about a photograph with Bernie doppelganger Mel Davis, 77, who is fast becoming a cult figure for young fans of the Vermont Senator.
Davis can barely leave his house a quarter mile from the Wells Fargo Center without being approached for pictures.
‘You’re the fifth person today who has said I look just like him,’ the retired car business owner told Daily Mail Online, with a chuckle.
‘One girl didn’t believe I wasn’t the real Bernie. I asked her why I would be walking around without guards but I’m not even sure she believed me.
‘I’m a little afraid to walk down to the park in case I get mobbed.’
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