Disabled man mocked by cruel troll on Facebook

A disabled man born with cerebral palsy has been cruelly mocked by a troll for doing his job. 

Nigel Cleary, 27, works with regional auctions company Burns & Co and is proudly described as a key member of staff and the business's front man.  

But a foul comment during an auction live-stream - 'What's holding the sign?' - has devastated Mr Cleary, his family and his employer. 

Nigel Cleary (with sister Belinda) was born with cerebral palsy. The 27-year-old works for the auction company Burns & Co 

Nigel Cleary (with sister Belinda) was born with cerebral palsy. The 27-year-old works for the auction company Burns & Co 

Mr Cleary (left, on own) was working at an auction recently (right) when a cruel commenter singled him out and asked 'what's holding the sign'

The troll repeatedly posted this message - 'what's holding the sign' - to Facebook 

The troll repeatedly posted this message - 'what's holding the sign' - to Facebook 

A Burns & Co spokesman singled out the comment on its Facebook page this week: 'I was gutted this evening to read this.

'When are we going to accept people as people... 

'With a heart of gold and a work ethic second to none Nigel is our hero.' 

The message - posted twice in an apparently jokey aside to a friend - not only targeted a disabled person but comes as Nigel's mother battles terminal cancer. 

And Mr Cleary said he was so upset by the post he nearly quit his job. 

'I was down, I was nearly going to quit and put all my stuff into Salvos,' he said. 

'I was upset 'til this morning 'til about 10am.'  

Scores of people have since condemned

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