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Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Mar 30, 2023   Updated on Mar 31, 2023, 3:03 pm CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Happy Opening Day! ⚾ (A.k.a. my favorite day of the year). Anyone else here big baseball fans? 

Anyway, enough about baseball. Today’s top stories are about: A viral video that shows an Amazon driver delivering a package in the middle of an active police standoff, tech leaders calling for an immediate pause on the development of artificial intelligence, a McDonald’s customer sparking questions after spotting additional charges on her order, and a look at why there needs to be another John Wick movie. 

After that, our Politics Reporter Claire has a “Dirty Delete” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! Hopefully the Mets win so I won’t be miserable. #LGM

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘More scared of Jeff Bezos than getting taken out’: Amazon driver seen delivering package through police standoff

A delivery driver for Amazon has gone viral after being filmed dropping off a package at an active police standoff.


Tech titans call for 6-month AI pause to figure out what kind of monster they unleashed

An open letter signed by some of the biggest names in the tech world is calling for a pause on the development of artificial intelligence (AI) due to fears that the technology could pose “profound risks to society and humanity.”


‘They’re probably stealing from you’: McDonald’s customer says app snuck in additional charge on delivery order

A McDonald’s customer claims the fast food chain snuck an additional charge on their order when utilizing the chain’s app, sparking questions about the extra fees tacked onto already existing delivery fees. 


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🗳️ Dirty Delete

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍔 An Etsy seller received a ton of praise after packaging a Burger King coupon as an added bonus for a customer, who gushed about her positive experience in a viral video. 

🥪 In a viral video, a woman revealed how she was forced to contact the police and cancel her debit card after a Panera Bread employee allegedly pocketed it

🍪 If you’ve ever wondered who exactly is buying the Madeleines at the checkout at Starbucks, a user on TikTok might have an answer for you.

💼 From the Daily Dot archive: For Gen Z, office culture is both nostalgic and glamorous (sometimes). 

🤯 This twisted collection of microgames for Nintendo Switch is the must-have WTF party game on the console.

🌯 A woman shared in a viral video how customers repeatedly tried to get into a Chipotle despite it being closed.

⚽ From the Daily Dot’s Presser vertical, which examines the intersection of race and sports online:Messi in Miami: How the legend (and social media megastar) might recalibrate the world’s expectations for U.S. soccer.” 

🍴 A creator went viral after maligning the idea of attending a company potluck at his job.

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👋 Before you go

A user on TikTok has gone viral after claiming that her child inadvertently spent over $800 on Roblox using an Apple device.

According to TikTok user Linzy (@thelinzytaylor), her child plays the game Roblox using an Apple device. Linzy had previously restricted her child’s ability to purchase items in the game by requiring a password to make purchases.

Linzy says she only inputted the password for the occasional purchase, and that the child did not know the password.

However, Linzy says that her child figured out a way to circumvent the password system by clicking an option to say he forgot his password, then verifying the account with a connected iPhone.

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*First Published: Mar 30, 2023, 10:30 am CDT