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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are holding Tommy ransom to cancel their debt with Tom Nook

(Image credit: Nintendo via Reddit u/TheFearlessWarrior)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are attempting to clear their debt with Tom Nook by holding little Tommy Nook ransom. 

Screenshots have appeared on Reddit showing several players caging the little twin Tanuki outside and sending a letter to business mogul Tom Nook to demand he clear their debt. One player trapped the little flag-holding Tommy outside resident services using log stakes. The reddit post by u/travisstyle reads "My 11-year-old daughter is finding new and creative ways to pay off debt." 

My (11 yo) daughter is finding new and creative ways to pay off debt. from r/gaming

Another post by u/TheFearlessWarrior shows island-dweller Slug trapping poor Tommy in an iron cage, alongside a threatening letter to Nook demanding that he clear the debt if he wants him "back in one piece." Oh, no. Pray for Tommy. 

Fastest Way to get out of debt to Toom Nook. from r/gaming

Paying off debt has long been one of the hallmarks of the Animal Crossing series, and has given Nook a somewhat unfavourable reputation as a money-grabbing entrepreneur. As much as no one likes being in debt, Tom Nook actually offers quite a fair deal if you really think about it. He gives you ownership of your very own house no questions asked, and lets you take your time paying off your loan without charging interest. I don't know about you, but being able to get an actual house, in reality, seems like a pipedream, so I'm more than happy to take up Nook's great offer [Are you on commission with Tom Nook?- News Ed]. 

Still, on our newly adopted island paradise, it seems players are pulling every trick in the book to avoid paying off their debts. While we don't condone holding Tommy hostage, it's certainly one way to put your resources to use. Since the game launched, every corner of the internet has been flooded with players' antics on the island, which has already given rise to plenty of Animal Crossing: New Horizons memes. This latest development is just another example of the kinds of silly shenanigans you can get up to - let's just hope Tommy comes out of this unscathed.

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