Tom Currie from New Zealand has made the courageous decision to quit his job as a barista and bartender at a seaside restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast to concentrate his efforts on smash hit mobile title Pokemon GO. Currie family has been left a little baffled as to his decision but he seems to have the backing of friends and the internet. He has caught 91 out of the 151 Pokemon and he ultimately plans to complete the Pokedex.
“When I resigned, I didn’t tell my manager I was going out into the world to hunt Pokémon. But after my story got picked up I gave him a courtesy call to update him just in case the media contacted him. I got an absolutely lovely response, ‘Good on you Tom. It is really funny. I hope everything is OK. Have fun for your Pokémon trip.’ My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous.”
“I get to walk around and explore towns I’ve never been to,” he continued. “I have been meeting heaps of people, tourists travelling the country and other Pokémon trainers at the small (sometimes huge) public gatherings. When you and your friends have to physically go for a walk or run to catch a rare Pokémon in the area and you all catch it, that is definitely a highlight.”
“I have been approached by a few other Pokémon trainers who recognised me and wanted a chat,” he says. “I have had people asking for photos and one guy even called me his hero for doing what I’m doing. 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.”
“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 Pokémon.”