A man has been left angry and confused after discovering a padlock had been attached to his ear stretcher.
The man, who goes by the name Tom Grim Fandango Matthews on Facebook, said he had no idea about his new earring as he posted his bizarre story online - only to be ridiculed for the incident.
He wrote on Facebook "So guess what some little w*** stain just did to me if I find you I will put you 6 feet under ", with a photo of the padlock dangling from his ear.
It prompted one friend to inquire: "Can I just ask how you didn't notice someone f****** about with you ear?".
An irate Mr Matthews responded: "Literally having a fag out back literally they came out heard a click turned round realised there was a padlock on my ear and tried to chase em."
No one seemed to have much sympathy for the hapless man - the majority just laughed at his plight.
And despite Mr Matthews' obvious anger at the situation - and threats towards the perpetrators - others just seemed to be enjoying it.
Some even chimed in with suggestions for him.
One man wrote: "Get yourself to the diy shop and give em a fiver to cut it off. After they've stopped taking pictures and p****** themselves of course".
Another said: "I can pick locks, £10 an hour tho!"
While a hilarious mate said: "Ear you should be locked up looking like that!"
Others simply said they'd like to congratulate whoever attached the padlock.
Mr Matthews later commented - after re-iterating how mad he was - that he was "so glad old boy lived up the road and had bolt cutters".
Since Mr Matthews, who appears to be from the United Kingdom, made the post on February 29, it has had nearly 9000 interactions on Facebook, and nearly 2000 shares.
Daily Mail Australia has attempted to contact Mr Matthews for comment.