Cheshire police vented frustration on social media at receiving a time wasting call from someone who was complaining about the outcome of a TV show.
The force's official social media accounts posted an angry message on Sunday night, after the airing of BBC Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One, which was won by Mo Farah.
But his victory didn't go down well with everyone and shortly afterwards, police say they received a complaint via the non emergency number 101.
"Calling 101 to complain that the person you voted for to win the Sports Personality of the Year Award (didn't win) is not an appropriate use of the service and a waste of 15p," the tweet said. "Please think carefully before phoning us."
However, the tweet sparked online debate from some people, who expressed anger that there was a charge to call the 101 number. One wrote: "I wonder how many people have been injured or worse because they've no credit to make the call? It should be free."
However, Cheshire police replied: "This charge has been implemented to prevent the public having large phone bills while they make reports to the police, and is supported by the government." They added that 999 emergency calls are free to access.
A force spokesman told The Chronicle: “The caller contacted us to report that they were unhappy with the result of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
"They were given strong words of advice regarding the use of the 101 service and the call was ended. There are no plans to prosecute.”