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: Amazon customers saying they were randomly signed up for subscriptions without their consent, how Virginia Republicans shot down a law that would keep law enforcement from obtaining menstrual data held by period-tracking apps, a pretty wild Chipotle order mix-up that’s going viral, and how one apartment complex wants to do DNA tests on dogs to make sure people pick up their poop.
After that, our Tech Reporter Mikael has his “One Dumb Conspiracy” column.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘I always wondered what this $9.99 was every month’: Customer says Amazon signed her up for random subscription
A number of Amazon customers alleged on TikTok they were randomly signed up for subscriptions through the website without their consent.
Legislation intended to keep law enforcement from obtaining menstrual data held by period-tracking apps has been shot down in Virginia.
‘Thank you Chipotle but this is not what I meant’: Customer receives bowl drenched in red salsa after she asked for extra
A Chipotle customer went viral after revealing her bowl drenched in red salsa when she requested extra.
Tenant says apartment complex forced her to DNA-test her dog to fine her if she doesn’t pick poop up
A TikToker shared that her new apartment is using a service that helps complex managers determine which residents aren’t picking up after their pets—apparently by doing DNA tests on dogs.
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🚓 This cashier is going viral for claiming they were allegedly threatened by a cop with a gun after being told they didn’t have a cash back option.
🥗 Olive Garden is often maligned for being a commercialized, fast-food version of Italian cooking, and a recently viral video doesn’t do much to combat this belief.
👀 Unless they want to be fired, servers aren’t likely to tell customers how they really feel about them. But they might write about it.
💸 This video where a teacher explains how a parent was fined $116 for picking up their child an hour late has more than 3.5 million views online.
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🛒 A Walmart personal shopper expressed her annoyance toward customers who take up the whole aisle while she’s working.
☕ A TikToker claims a Starbucks barista got mad at her when she asked for extra cream because she thought her drink tasted too bitter.
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👋 Before you go
Your Instacart shopper might be slipping items into your cart for themselves on the low, one TikToker claims in a viral video.
The creator, @oh_nainai, says that on multiple occasions, she’s seen items in her shopping bags that she knows she didn’t order.
She uploaded footage from a recent Instacart order she placed singling out two specific products she believes the Instacart shopper accidentally left in her bag.
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