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Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Aug 9, 2023   Updated on Aug 10, 2023, 7:43 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 woman detailing how she caught who hacked into her Disney+ account, an Uber customer getting charged $29,000 for a ride during her vacation, Elon Musk suddenly saying he may need surgery after challenging Mark Zuckerberg to a cage match, and an explainer on a meme that involves Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.” 

After that, we’ve got a “Now Streaming” column from our Senior Culture Reporter Audra

See you tomorrow! 

 — A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I now have their name’: Disney+ customer gets hacked. The hacker made their own profile

One Los Angeles based creator recently found out that a clumsy interloper was trying to use her Disney+ account after the hacker created their own profile.


Uber customer’s card charged $29,000 for ride during vacation trip

A woman recently went viral after claiming she was charged more $29,000 for a $54 Uber ride in Costa Rica due to a currency conversion mix-up.


‘Trying to find a way out’: Musk claims he now can’t schedule Zuckerberg fight because he ‘may require surgery’

Twitter owner Elon Musk claimed out of the blue that he may need surgery, just weeks after challenging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a cage match.


The ‘Beyoncé has updated the Break My Soul (The Queens Remix) by removing…’ meme, explained

All your favorites are vying for a spot on the Queens Remix of ‘Break My Soul‘.


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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

📦 People order the strangest things from delivery apps. From live lobsters to bags of mulch, it seems that customers will place orders for just about anything, no matter how weird it is or cumbersome it may be for the delivery driver.

💼 A job hunter did what someone in the internet age might do when a company’s job offer was rescinded—left a negative review of the company on Glassdoor. But now, the company that toyed with the job hunter’s emotions is asking them to take it down.

🐱 Tater Tot, the kitten whose grumpy face went viral and turned him into an internet sensation over the summer, died suddenly on Wednesday after a brief illness.

🍗 Everyone loves a chicken nugget, but one mother who was preparing Tyson brand chicken nuggets for her kids determined that people shouldn’t buy the company’s food.

☕ A Starbucks barista is being accused of stopping a drink order right in the midst of completing it, because it was time to clock out.

🏠 Living in a college dorm or apartment is a rite of passage many students don’t want to miss out on. But one student may be forced to after he learned that his new apartment complex won’t finish construction before school starts

🎯 An employee at Target who works on the store’s Style Team recently went viral on TikTok for showing the new bags she has to allegedly carry at work.

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

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👋 Before you go

Jersey Mike’s applicant issued a public service announcement about the red flags she spotted during an interview.

The video featured TikTok user Sam Ketting (@kettingsam79) where she sat in her car, holding a few sheets of paper. “This video is to review a Jersey Mike’s I just interviewed,” she said. “I have never been more confident in not wanting to work at a place than this f*cking Jersey Mike’s.”

First, the content creator explained how she was “bait and switched.”

According to her, the job was listed as a “shift lead” and she applied. Then, one of the managers called Ketting, asking her to come in for an interview for that position. However, she was tossed a curve ball instantly.

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*First Published: Aug 9, 2023, 10:30 am CDT