Roses are red, violets are blue, and homophobia is horrible.

That’s the message of one Canadian party store worker, who received a nasty surprise on Valentine’s Day.

20-year-old Degas Sikorski is openly gay – and has spent three years working at the Party City in Edmonton.

However, the retail worker spoke out after he was the victim of a homophobic ‘prank’ at the store on Valentine’s Day.

On the Saturday Valentine’s Day shift, a supervisor had put up the Valentine’s cards left for all the employees in the break room.

However, one for Mr Sikorski had been defaced with the words “Faggot – you are not getting shifts for a reason”.

Mr Sikorski had not been assigned a shift for six weeks.

The worker told Global News he has never had issues with staff or management over his sexual orientation – and is in the dark about the nasty message.

He said: ““My jaw hit the floor. [I thought] Oh my God, I’m not safe here.”

“Suddenly I can’t be myself. Suddenly I can’t accept myself and be who I am at Party City for fear of retaliation from somebody in the staff.

“This was the first time where I felt threatened. I wasn’t able to defend myself and I felt really vulnerable.

“It was a shock to my whole world.”

His mother Shelley Sikorski added: “It’s very upsetting. I think that’s where my outrage came from. There’s no reason for it. This is somebody that doesn’t know Degas.”

A statement from the company said: “Party City does not condone this behaviour and is committed to creating a fair and inclusive working environment.

“We are currently looking into this matter and will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Mr Sikorski appealed to whoever left the message: “What I want is a confession and I want a reason and an apology.

“If Party City wants to terminate them, then Party City terminates them. I’m not looking for blood. I just want a heart-to-heart, why? Why did you do this?”

Watch a Global News report below: