Nissan has suspended two workers from its Sunderland plant in a row over a cheeky prank that went viral on-line.
A worker at the plant circulated a picture last week, claiming to have resorted to extreme measures during the course of his shift, by leaving human waste in a car.
When contacted by the Echo, a Nissan spokesman insisted the firm were treating the matter as 'a malicious hoax': "We are treating this incident as a malicious hoax in which an unknown person has placed an item inside a body shell on our production line and shared a photograph through social media,” he said.
"This seriously misrepresents the high standards of quality and workmanship in place throughout Nissan and our 6,800 employees in Sunderland.”
Now the firm has confirmed two members of staff have been suspended while the claim is investigated.
"Two employees have been suspended following inappropriate activity on social media, pending further investigation into this incident," said the spokesman.
Plant workers shared the picture online and joked about what the possible outcome might be for the person responsible.
One former worker said: “Proper dirty protest that like.”