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.
Naturally, Twitter users were quick to remind the mayor the accessory was in the photo.
Though many were simply dunking on the mayor, other users suggested she was being hypocritical, citing the state’s restrictive marijuana laws and demanding that people who’ve been locked up for possession be released.
It’s important to note that there is no evidence that the pen is Ms Baldwin’s.
According to data gathered by a group called “Working Narratives,” the Raleigh Police Department made 3,154 marijuana-related arrests between 31 January, 2017 and 7 July, 2019.
To be fair to Ms Baldwin, she has been critical of the state of marijuana enforcement in the city.
“The other thing is, you get kids busted for a little bit of marijuana, where we’re sending people to jail for something that is legal in other parts of the country. Is that really how we should be policing? Are there ways that we can help kids, help young people, instead of just busting them?” she said during an interview with Indy Weekly. “What are we doing to facilitate conversation in the community between the police? We have a great police department. At the same time, I know that there’s opportunity for improvement.”
When asked during the interview if she’d ask the police not to arrest people for possession, she said she’d need “feedback from the police chief” and do so in a way that wasn’t “illegal.”
Ms Baldwin has not deleted the tweet, and has not commented on the pen.