UPDATE: Currie has actually been offered a job as a Pokemon coach, proving you can sometimes get paid for doing what you love.

Still wondering whether this Pokemon Go fad has gotten out of hand? Well, wonder no more.

In the latest example that the world is going totally haywire, A man in New Zealand named Tom Currie has gone off the deep end, electing to quit his job as a barista and bartender so he can play Pokemon Go. Yup, who needs a little thing like money getting in the way when you're compelled to hunt down imaginary characters on your phone. It's an age-old problem.

Currie says his boss took the news in stride:

When I resigned, I didn't tell my manager I was going out into the world to hunt Pokemon. 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 Pokemon trip.'"

So far, Currie is enjoying his sabbatical, having caught 91 of the 151 Pokemon in the game. He's also become a legend in the process. "I have had people asking for photos and one guy even called me his hero for doing what I'm doing," he said. "I have received messages on Facebook from around the world, messages of support from America, Ireland, Canada, India and Nepal."

Eventually, Currie will return to the real world. He says once he's done playing, he plans to find a new job. We're sure "virtual reality" will appear very highly under list of skills on his resume.

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