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Posted on Mar 10, 2023   Updated on Mar 13, 2023, 8:12 am CDT

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

Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: An employee appreciation gift fail that is going viral, how researchers found a sprawling pro-Trump bot network on Twitter, a DoorDasher documenting a massive $900 order they had, and how fans of Elon Musk are going after a disabled ex-Twitter employee

After that, our Culture Editor Tiffany has her “This Week on the Internet” column and shares with you her meme of the week

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⚡ Today’s top stories

Worker mocks her company’s Employee Appreciation gift to her

Have you ever felt undervalued and underappreciated at work? A recent viral TikTok perfectly captures this frustration many employees experience when companies fail to recognize their contributions.


Sprawling bot network is trying to shame DeSantis into being Trump’s running mate

Researchers have uncovered a massive bot farm on Twitter dedicated to boosting former President Donald Trump as he gears up for the 2024 campaign.


‘Ain’t no way we was missing out on this order’: DoorDash driver picks up $900 grocery order in Nissan Altima

One DoorDash driver documented a massive $900 grocery order that filled the entirety of her Nissan Altima in a viral video. 


Elon Musk fans go after disabled ex-Twitter employee

Supporters of Twitter CEO Elon Musk have come after a disabled ex-employee of the company after the billionaire revealed that he had been let go.


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In a viral video, a fast food worker told two friends going through the drive-thru that the store was getting robbed. What fast food chain were they at? 

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🗣️ This Week on the Internet

By Tiffany Kelly

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What the Selena vs. Hailey discourse shows us about internet fandom

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

☕ A Dunkin’ employee has taken to TikTok in order to air out a bunch of alleged secrets about the chain—or at least the store she was employed at.

🍟 Even more fast food workers are putting customers on blast for asking for “fresh” food

💊 A woman uncovered a Walgreens generic brand label underneath an on-brand label on a nasal spray in a viral video.

🍽️ This customer is going viral for claiming that it is cheaper to eat at Sam’s Club than buy groceries there

🤗 There is nothing wrong with watching a dark drama or a scary film, but sometimes you just want something that isn’t stressful. These are the best feel-good movies to lift your spirits.

🍗 Ever wonder how Popeyes blackened chicken tenders are cooked? One person is going viral for issuing a PSA about them

🦠 From the Daily Dot archive: Here are the viral marketing campaigns that helped shape the internet as we know it.

👀 A TikToker provided some job hunting advice, assuring people that even though some job openings require five to 10 years of experience, that might not always be the case.

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📅 Meme of the Week

Pedro Pascal memes are all over TikTok right now, but this one—which is from The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent—is being used to illustrate two very different reactions between you and another person.

pedro pascal in the unbearable weight of massive talent

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