A dad called 999 and asked for a lift home while walking with his four children because it had started to rain.
The time-wasting father was walking along a flyover with his kids when the downpour started, and in a call to the emergency services he begged for a police car to take them home.
The Metro reports that when his demands were rebuffed he threatened to complain to police watchdogs.
Amazingly, passing officers then picked the man and his children up and drove them to a bus stop.
The incident came to light when a neighbourhood police officer from Shoreham, West Sussex wrote about it on Facebook.
"At 12.16pm a male dialled 999 because it was raining and he wanted a lift home," the officer wrote. "Threatened to complain to the PCC when he was told no."
A Sussex Police spokesperson confirmed to the paper that the man made the call and said he was 'stuck on foot in rain' and wanted a lift. The spokesman said a 'passing police car' then drove him to the adjacent A283 as he had young children with him.
"He was then left as he was able to wait for a bus or phone for a taxi," the source said, adding: "Clearly, 999 is for public use only in emergencies."
One Sussex officer said that the man was 'lucky he was not dealt with for wasting police time' while Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said it was 'ridiculous' that police time had been used for such a trivial issue.
"Taxpayers expect police to spend their time protecting the public from crime, not act as a taxi service," he said.