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Posted on Aug 7, 2023   Updated on Aug 8, 2023, 6:53 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 to kick off the week are about: A robot server fail where it keeps spilling customers’ drinks, an Airbnb host who is getting no sympathy after complaining about guests, why people think President Biden fell asleep while watching Oppenheimer, and how Swifties are marking the start of August in meme fashion

After that, we’ve got a “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘This cannot be the same AI that’s supposed to take over the world’: Viewers defend robot server that spills customers’ drinks

Another person has sparked discussion after showing an unsatisfactory interaction with a robot server.


‘Wait….. you expected Airbnb tenants to install your AC unit?’: Airbnb host complains about tenant who didn’t install AC unit. It backfires

A user on TikTok is receiving little sympathy after complaining about how his Airbnb tenants utilized an air conditioner.


‘Without a doubt, he fell asleep’: Biden terse review of ‘Oppenheimer’ prompts speculation he passed out during it

When Biden was asked how he liked the movie, he replied simply: “it was compelling.” 


Swifties are marking the start of ‘August’ in meme fashion

Even Taylor Swift got in on it.


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

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Conspiracy theorists think Obama murdered his personal chef

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

☕ A video showing a Starbucks employee dumping out a bevy of various unclaimed beverages sparked a viral debate about food waste.

🩺 If you’re an hour late to a doctor’s appointment, the staff at the doctor’s office will be understandably upset. One exchange captured on video was a particularly poignant example of this.

🗣️ A strip club server called out the hypocrisy of a male customer who dared to make comments about her clothes being provocative in a viral TikTok clip.

🍽️ A TikToker has shared a simple Sam’s Club meal prep hack that saves her time and money on dinner. The clip has gained steam online with over 2.6 million views since it was first shared.

🚚 A food truck customer is feeding into the idea that “food trucks are the next Airbnb” after claiming to pay $25 on a Jamaican jerk chicken plate—and then being asked to tip on top of that.

🎞️ A dad on TikTok is blushing shades of pink after thinking that Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse on Netflix is the new Barbie movie.

🥕 An Instacart shopper recently took to TikTok to vent about the grocery delivery service, claiming that it has changed its compensation structure to the detriment of the people who power it.

🤖 From the Daily Dot archive: Distorted TikTok sounds hurt marginalized creators—and AI is making it worse.

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👋 Before you go

A Dunkin’ worker revealed something about the drink-to-ice ratio in a large vs. small drink at the chain that might change the way people order from Dunkin’ in the future.

The demo came via TikTok from creator @thomastheterrible, drawing more than 3.5 million views.

Stop paying for ice, people,” he begins, before tipping a large drink with ice over into a small cup.

“Look at this,” he instructs. “This is a large on top, and I’m emptying it into a small without ice. And if you watch till the end, you’ll see that one large with ice equals one small with no ice.”

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*First Published: Aug 7, 2023, 10:30 am CDT