A 'fake tradie' marching in Melbourne's violent anti-vaxxer protests has been exposed after a plasterer was shocked to see him on the TV wearing his company uniform.
Father-of-four Adam Warne, who runs AWP Plastering and Rendering in Morwell, was stunned when Nine News pictured a protester wearing his company's hi-vis during the chaos this week.
Mr Warne - who says he and his workers are vaccinated and don't support the rallies - told Daily Mail Australia the man had never worked for him and isn't even a tradie.
The businessman later found out a subcontractor he sacked in 2020 had lent the shirt to one of his friends after protest organisers called for marchers to wear hi-vis.
But the protester's decision to wear the hi-vis shirt has led Mr Warne to be bombarded with threatening phone calls over his company logo being associated with the anti-lockdown movement.
'Adam Warne (pictured with wife Fiona) says his wife was very unhappy about the fake tradie wearing his company shirt and logo to the violent protest
Plasterer Adam Warne is 'devastated' and angry that a man he doesn't know who has never worked for him wore his company shirt to one of Melbourne's violent anti-lockdown rallies
Adam Warne (pictured right), who is vaccinated and doesn't support the rallies, says he doesn't know any tradies who attended the protests. He is pictured with an award-winning apprentice Taufiq Tolsma and a supervisor, Simon Beaty
'I was literally in the doctor's waiting room about to have my first jab when it came up on the news,' Mr Warne told Daily Mail Australia.
The protests have seen thousands of mostly men in hi-viz clothing, Covid conspiracy theorists and laid-off workers flooding the streets over four days - on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -
They have brawled with police, smashed windows, thrown urine at reporters and even occupied the city's Shrine of Remembrance - leaving behind piles of rubbish and urinating on the sacred site.
Outraged construction union boss John Setka blamed Monday's destruction on 'neo-Nazis' hijacking the cause of construction workers unhappy with industry-wide Covid vaccine mandates.
'To have my name associated with someone like that, I was devastated,' Mr Warne said. 'It has absolutely nothing to with us - I've never met the guy wearing it.'
'Neither me, or my business, or any of my guys support