Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Our top stories today are about: A viral video detailing how someone got trapped in a Wingstop bathroom, how a Grammy performance sparked a conspiracy theory, and a former Taco Bell worker sharing the horrors she faced while working there.
Plus, you all seemed to really enjoy our recent report about a robot server fail. Well, there’s yet another viral video showing an “embarrassing” moment for one.
After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has her weekly “Now Streaming” column.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘Why do they have that type of lock on a bathroom?’: Customer gets trapped in Wingstop bathroom
A new fear has been unlocked for many people online after a recent video went viral.
‘Too cheap to pay their servers but will have a human clean a robot’s mess’: Customers record robot server dropping drinks on the floor
Robot servers are taking the restaurant industry by storm, and some consumers continue to question their efficiency. One recent viral video puts the new phenomenon in the spotlight.
Pfizer ad after Sam Smith, Kim Petras’ Grammy performance sparks QAnon-esque fear of ‘Satanic’ Hollywood-vaccine alliance
Conservatives are freaking out.
Fired Taco Bell worker shares the horrors she endured while at her job
A former Taco Bell worker shared a slideshow of the horrors she endured while working for the fast-food company in a viral TikTok.
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
📹 A former Walmart employee is warning people about the store’s self-checkout cameras, claiming that they’re harvesting personal information — even taking photos of customers as they’re ringing up purchases.
❄️ A user on TikTok has gone viral after showing another aspect of working in fast food: operating in the snow.
💼 In a time when employees do not feel as obligated to be tied to a specific employer, it’s no surprise that workers feel emboldened to speak out about inadequate training.
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☕ One TikToker is detailing her experience of dealing with microaggressions related to her body size while frequenting a Starbucks.
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🥪 A TikTok user called out a Subway location for serving a customer what appears to be a loaf of bread that “didn’t rise properly.”
📦 In what seems like a storyline straight out of an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a FedEx driver shared how he received his “first complaint” driving for the delivery service.
🌐 From the Daily Dot archive: These students are ditching college to run an NFT business.
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👋 Before you go
Glitches in food apps seem to be more common lately, from a woman who accidentally ordered 10 slices of cheese at Chick-fil-A to one where Chick-fil-A piled a woman’s sandwich with pickles.
Now, in a viral video, a man claims McDonald’s accidentally listed their chocolate milk as “free” on Uber Eats, resulting in him ordering 13.
“Me when mcdonald’s accidentally lists their chocolate milk for free on uber eats,” the user wrote in the overlay text, zooming in on all the mini bottles.
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