A group of lads caught by a cop breaking lockdown rules pretended they were doing a mass exercise class as he approached.
Video showed the heavily outnumbered officer break into a smile as he encountered the friends outside a Lifestyle Express convenience store.
The footage – believed to have been recorded in Birmingham – shows the group breaking into jumping jacks and running on the spot as the cop left a patrol car and walked towards them.
He could be seen smiling as he stood in the middle of the melee.
One man was heard shouting: “High knees everyone and jumping jacks”. He then tells the police officer: ‘We are exercising sir.’
The video – which you can watch in the tweet below – is clearly in good humour but it was unclear if the group dispersed for the policeman.
The video was posted on Twitter by Mr Craft who tweeted: “Getting the 30 minute of exercise with the community.”
The video went viral with some thinking it was hilarious while others criticised the group for gathering during lockdown and potentially spreading Covid-19.
Nature tweeted: “I like that he chuckled.”
Chan tweeted: “The officer had to crack a smile.”
Chante tweeted: “This is hilarious loool”
Spam account tweeted: “Glad the officer was chill but this is not ok.”
Darren Kelly tweeted: “I just hope their not in a hospital in a few weeks on a respirator thinking to themselves how did I catch covid-19 and give to my family ? Oh yeah me and my mates acted like total t****. Never mind.”
Nickpotunited1989 tweeted: “You know what though at least they ain’t intimidating the officer and being vile like most people Groups I’ve seen on here so and they were funny about it but should be at home.”
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “We are policing in unprecedented times. Our officers have been asked to implement new laws relating to Covid-19 and restrictions on people’s movement.
“The legislation was passed very quickly, with little time for formal training, and given the circumstances officers have done a great job engaging with the public, educating them on the new laws, and enforcing the law where necessary.”