The friend zone is a rough place to be, but unfortunately, someone's gotta occupy it.
This dude, referred to as an "absolute babe of a best friend," has found himself firmly planted in the friend zone after surprising a close friend with a late Valentine's Day date.
Reddit user "cryzzgrantham" posted the thread today, which was appropriately titled, "Friend zone level - over 9,000."
The post, which originally appeared on Facebook, featured the girl's super innocent -- but also super brutal -- caption:
When your absolute babe of a best friend turns up smartly dressed and tells you to put on a dress as he's taking me on a date for a late Valentine's Day as he was in Hong Kong for it! I seriously couldn't wish for a better best friend, he really does look after me and spoil me! Have so much love for this boy.
Some genius brilliantly inserted an emoji of a tear drop on the friend-zoned guy's face to indicate just how sad he really is on the inside.
*Clearly screaming internally*
Ugh, bro, you should have just stayed in Hong Kong. I'm sure friend-zoning is still a thing over there, but it can't possibly be worse than this.
Other Reddit users completely felt this guy's pain and expressed their sympathies.
In case you weren't keeping count, this person totally was.
Come to think of it, her phrasing does sound pretty unnatural.
Others chose to offer some pretty sound advice. Sometimes it really is better just to let a crush go.
There's only one question that remains now: How long exactly has this poor guy been in the friend zone with this girl?
Hey, for all we know, he's simply playing the long game. And if you ask me, I would absolutely fall all over myself for a guy who surprised me like that.
Here's to hoping he eventually digs himself out of this very, very deep cave of a friend zone.