While trying to encourage constituents on Twitter to leave big tips for their local restaurants during the coronavirus lockdown, Raleigh, North Carolina Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin revealed someone at her house was using more than just food and good company to calm their nerves.

In a post she made on 14 March, Ms Baldwin shared a photo of herself and a group of people ordering a substantial amount of takeout food from a local eatery.

She exhorts her followers to tip well - her group tipped 35 per cent - to support local restaurants.

Alongside the photo of the group was a picutre showing all of the food they ordered - and what appears to be a cannabis vape pen.

Naturally, Twitter users were quick to remind the mayor the accessory was in the photo.