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Can you quit your job to play Pokemon Go full-time?

And guess what…one gentleman in New Zealand has already quit his job to play Pokemon Go full-time.

Tom Currie, who was just recently working as a barista and bartender at a restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast near Auckland, preferred finding Pokemon on his phone instead of doing a job.

He is not ashamed to admit that his parents are completely baffled by his decision.

“When I resigned, I didn’t tell my manager I was going out into the world to hunt Pokemon,” Currie said.


“But after my story got picked up I gave him a courtesy call to update him just in case the media contacted him.

Surprisingly, Currie got a fun answer.

“I got an absolutely lovely response, ‘Good on you Tom. It is really funny. I hope everything is OK. Have fun for your Pokemon trip.’

Tom has caught 91 of the 151 Pokemon available in the game.

He loves the travel part while playing instead of going to work every day. “I get to walk around and explore towns I’ve never been to,” he said.


“When you and your friends have to physically go for a walk or run to catch a rare Pokemon in the area and you all catch it that is definitely a highlight.”

Now that his story is out in the media worldwide, Currie said people are getting in touch to wish him good luck.

“I have been approached by a few other Pokemon trainers who recognised me and wanted a chat,” he added.

“I have received messages on Facebook from around the world, messages of support from America, Ireland, Canada, India and Nepal.”

“The story has gone global, so no doubt I’ll be getting a bit more fan mail.”

Tom said he would go back to work once his Pokemon adventure comes to an end.

“When I finish the trip and get back to Auckland, I will be looking for work and working on my new business.

“And of course still catching Pokemon.”



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