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
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
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