A New Zealand council's Zoom meeting has been viewed more than 290,000 times on YouTube as people use it to pretend to take part and avoid being disturbed.
The meeting of the Waipa District Council's finance and corporate committee was recorded during a Covid-19 lockdown period in April last year.
The footage, which runs for about one hour and 44 minutes, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation's tourism industry.
"Put this Zoom call on at work so it looked like I was busy, I was avoiding having to deal with a stressful individual," wrote another, adding: "AND IT WORKED."
"This video is quite the high-water mark for our YouTube channel," said Ken Morris, deputy chief executive of the council. "Quite clearly one of our meetings going viral like this is unexpected."
The council has posted dozens of videos on its YouTube channel over the years, the majority of them receiving little more than a couple of hundred views.