Adding insult to an injury.
The man, who was in his 60s, was nursing an injured middle finger and had been sitting in his garden totally unaware of the fuss he was causing.
PC Andy Thompson, who went out to the call in Crow Edge, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said the bandage had been put on a deep cut, which meant the finger was stiff and straight.
"He had been sitting outside in the sunny weather and because his middle finger was sticking up, some neighbours thought he was making a rude sign at them," he added. "It's one of the odder call-outs I've had."