Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
We are kicking off the week with top stories about: A viral video where a server says she confronts people who don’t tip, a fake Chrome extension made to look like the ChatGPT bot that hacked thousands of Facebook accounts, how fans reacted to the actor who played Jar Jar Binks appearing in The Mandalorian, and a video where a tenant said their landlord installed a camera in their kitchen.
After that, our Tech Reporter Mikael has a “One Dumb Conspiracy” column for you.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘Walk up to whoever paid, in front of everyone’: Server says she confronts customers who don’t tip her
In a viral video, she says she approaches the customer who paid “in front of everyone” and asks why they didn’t tip and if they have any suggestions for how she can improve her service.
Thousands of Facebook accounts were hacked.
‘I pay for privacy not for them to creepily watch my every move’: Landlord installs kitchen camera since it’s a communal space
A user on TikTok has sparked a discussion about rental privacy after their joke video went viral.
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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🍔 There’s a new TikTok food trend set to be the bane of fast food workers’ existence. It’s called the “McBrunch burger.”
🥩 This Starbucks worker says he was fired after cooking a steak in the store’s oven.
🔨 In a recent viral TikTok, a tenant showcases their landlord’s failed attempt at covering a hole in their wall.
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🌮 Chipotle has again come under fire for making unauthorized substitutions to customers’ orders after running out of the necessary ingredients.
🥪 Panera Bread—a restaurant that’s no stranger to TikTok virality—is facing backlash online from customers who claim that it’s too pricey and its menu items are nothing more than “glorified hospital food.”
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👋 Before you go
When sales rise dramatically for a company, it’s logical for that company to share some of the wealth with the people who helped make it happen. Sometimes that wealth comes in the form of non-monetary rewards, like a photo with their CEO or a hamburger mug—or, in one Target worker’s case, Oreos.
TikToker Bochelly (@bochelly_13) put his workplace on blast for allegedly handing out Oreos and a certificate as a reward for high performance.
“Target be like ‘team congrats on 10,000,000 dollars on sales,” Bochelly (@bochelly_13) wrote on top of a clip. “Also Target: there’s Oreos in the break room as a reward and a certificate.”