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Posted on May 24, 2023   Updated on May 25, 2023, 8:05 am CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: A dress on Amazon that “looks like a dress for paper dolls” that is perplexing people online, a debunk of a fake image that spread quickly online that showed an explosion at the Pentagon, how people are sharing how they got scammed on the Taco Bell app, and a look at how Netflix’s Selling Sunset might have “the best new pop culture crossover.” 

After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has a “Now Streaming” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘It looks like it was drawn in Snapchat’: Customer questions Amazon dress that looks like a cartoon

A viral video shows a dress being sold on Amazon that “looks like a dress for paper dolls” and is perplexing people online


🕵️‍♂️ DEBUNK
A viral AI image of an explosion at the Pentagon caused a brief stock market dip

The Pentagon and local fire departments quickly confirmed the image to be false.


‘Just found out I was compromised via the Taco Bell app’: Customer gets scammed after being asked to rate her order

A woman posted a trending rant against Taco Bell after she believed her account was compromised. Judging from the comment replies to her clip, it would seem that other folks have also had their money pilfered on the Taco Bell app.


Is Harry Styles and ‘Selling Sunset’ the best new pop culture crossover?

Some of television’s best moments have come from crossover events when beloved television worlds collide with one another.


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📺 Now Streaming

By Michelle Jaworski

(l-r) erin kellyman as jade, ruby cruz as kit, warwick davis as willow ufgood, ellie bamber as elora, amar chadha-patel as boorman, and dempsey bryk as airk in willow (2022 disney+ series)
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‘Willow’ is the epitome of the latest streaming purge

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Wednesdays our Culture Reporters Audra Schroeder and Michelle Jaworski review or analyze the latest streaming content in their “Now Streaming” column.  If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍎 This content creator is getting a ton of attention after he shared that there are three phone numbers that could allegedly help people get lower prices on groceries

😠 How would you feel if you were given a piece of bubble wrap as an appreciation gift at work? 

📮 Everyone fears the wrath of an angry boss when they show up to work late. However, one USPS worker says her manager may have taken things a bit too far when she showed up to her shift thirty minutes tardy and he called the cops.

💸 A woman claimed that despite a job application listing a salary range of $43,000-$79,000, the position was revealed to have only been budgeted for $43,000.

📱 This app-based weight loss program prioritizes your mental health so you can live a healthier lifestyle. Here’s how you can try it for free.

👀 We’re all Adam Warlock with this new TikTok meme

🚙 A woman documented her experience of being stuck in a parking garage without any means to pay the $16 fee

☕ This barista is going viral for sharing what it’s like to work in an Amazon building where workers get a free drink everyday

✏️ From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s a look at the wild history of fanfic censorship

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👋 Before you go

A restaurant server went viral after revealing that she stayed an hour later than she was scheduled. But she only received a 9% tip on the $90 bill

The video user Alexis (@infatuationfairy) uploaded has been viewed 18,800 times since it was first posted. It begins with her telling the camera that she’s often asked what serving is like.

“To which I will tell them, ‘It’s staying until 11 p.m. when you were supposed to be out at 10 p.m., waiting on one table. And you’re extra nice, and it’s a $90 bill, and they tip you — wait for it — $8,” the server shared in the video.

I love my life,” she added sarcastically before ending the video.

Users expressed support for Alexis, sharing their own experiences with poor tipping in the comments.

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*First Published: May 24, 2023, 10:30 am CDT