There are few things that annoy members of the public more than observing apparent different standards for celebrities than themselves.
So when British boxer David Haye posed with a Met policeman who pulled over his car for speeding, the image was unsurprisingly less than well received.
The former world heavyweight champion was handed a verbal warning for driving too fast, but was only allowed to go on his way after posing for a snap.
Officer Hitesh Patel tweeted the picture directly to Haye, which included the caption: "When we met after you were 'enjoying' your car."
To which the 33-year-old replied: "Thanks for not nicking me!!"
The picture was reportedly taken by a busy road in west London and shows the boxer with his arm around the smiling officer.
When Haye shared the tweet with his one million followers on Twitter, many were outraged and angry at Patel's apparent casual treatment towards the situation.
You're an absolute disgrace @hitpat79 taking pics with celebs and letting them off charges because they famous!!! You should be sacked
— Nad Star (@NadStarBOOOOM) April 23, 2014
— sports nutrition (@nutrition_2_win) April 21, 2014
@hitpat79 he's famous and let you have a photo taken? I'm sure you were doing some great police work there mate...congratulations
— Ryan Sheahan (@sheahanryan) April 21, 2014
PC Patel later deleted the photo from his Twitter profile and Haye has been reportedly unavailable for comment.
It is understood that the boxer was stopped by PC Patel three years ago, but the officer only posted the photograph this week.
Is this simply a case of a policeman wanting a photograph with one of his sporting heroes, or rather unprofessional behaviour from an officer on duty? Post your views below...
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