A little goofing off during a break from work led to a time-consuming, embarrassing ordeal for a Wal-Mart employee in Lafayette.
Authorities say the man got his right index finger stuck in an oval-shaped hole of a wrought-iron picnic table outside the store.
Co-workers tried in vain to help the man get free before help was summoned.
A half-dozen firefighters and emergency workers responded.
They freed the man by cutting a square out of the tabletop, then slicing through the metal around his finger.
Lafayette Fire Department Assistant Chief David Friedel says the unidentified man was OK -- except for being upset, shaking and embarrassed about the ordeal.
Friedel says the man told him it was an act of "stupidity."
The man's name was not released.