A passer-by who filmed a Gold Coast mime punch a pesky tourist in the face says the encounter left the instigator with a “bloody mouth”.
A mime dressed as a cowboy and covered head to toe in metallic paint and matching clothes was filmed lashing out a pest who tried to put him off during a performance at Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, last Saturday.
As the freeze-frame artist shakes hands with a young boy, a tattooed man in a purple shirt starts to touch his ears and nose prompting a bystander to tell the man to "leave him alone".
Undeterred, the trouble-maker carries on with his antics, adjusting the frozen cowboy's hat before putting his finger in his mouth and sliding the saliva-soaked digit into the performer's ear.
The mime keeps perfectly still until the pest rubs the street artist's nose up and down vigorously causing him to snap and unleash a right hook to the offender’s nose.
At that point the video ends, but the man who filmed the encounter and posted it online told ninemsn what happened next.
"I was at the scene with my family recording the footage when this guy approaches the street performer and starts harassing him," Richy Choeun told ninemsn.
"Afterwards he walked away to his friends with a bloody mouth."
Darshik Kumar, a shopkeeper at the Cavill Avenue Indian grocery store, says the mime involved in the video is well known in the area and regularly visits his shop.
Mr Kumar said the performer, who is a member of a local church, has never been known to break his composure but was pushed to the brink on this occasion.
"I've never seen him retaliate before, that's not normally like him," he said.
"I think I would have done the same if I were pushed that far."
The video has gained international media attention and has been viewed over 140,000 times since it was uploaded yesterday.
The street performer's actions have been praised by many online commentators who suggested the punched man got what he deserved.