I'm kinda annoyed...

When my last office let me go (after 1 year, in which I really did give them my best), my former boss and the HR head told they'd do anything they could to help me find a new job.

Last night, I saw a job that I'd LOVE with another theatre company. I applied, then emailed my old boss to tell him I was applying and asking if he knew anybody there.

He responded and said he couldn't help me, it was against policy.

Seriously, it's FINE if he can't help me, but why did they tell me that they could??????????