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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 Walmart shopper finding a hidden security tag underneath the steak they purchased, why Ben Shapiro’s (incorrect) prediction about Barbie flopping is going viral, an opinion piece about why animation shouldn’t be treated like the first draft of live-action adaptations, and how a Reddit post about a chocolate cake is tearing the internet apart

After that, we’ve got a “Dirty Delete” column from our Investigative Reporter Claire that looks back on some of the biggest dirty deletes she’s covered. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

🥩 WTF
‘When we were leaving, it beeped’: Walmart shopper finds hidden security tag under steak

A shopper went to Walmart to get a few items for dinner—including some expensive steaks—and discovered something was beeping as she was leaving the store.

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📽️ FAIL
Ben Shapiro’s prediction ‘Barbie’ would flop resurfaces as movie tops ‘Harry Potter’ for Warner Bros. global record

Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro’s prediction that the Barbie movie would flop is going viral after Barbie became Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing global release.

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🎬 CULTURE
Opinion: Stop treating animation like it’s the first draft of a live-action adaptation

Several characters from a beloved Star Wars animated show made the jump to live-action.

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🎂 VIRAL
A Reddit post about a chocolate cake is tearing the internet apart

People are divided over a guy mad at his girlfriend for making a cake with vanilla icing.

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🗳️ Dirty Delete

By Claire Goforth
Investigative Reporter

Nikki Haley speaking into microphone in front of red background (l) Donald Trump speaking into microphone in front of blue background (c) Matt Gatez speaking into microphone in front of blue background (r)
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A look back at the dirtiest deletes

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content. On Thursdays our Politics Reporter Claire Goforth goes deep on the social media history of politicians, political groupsand politically-adjacent figures in her “Dirty Delete” column.  If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.


🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍴 If you think servers shaming non-tippers in viral clips are only trying to up their hourly wages via tips, then this clip posted by a Texas Roadhouse server definitely won’t change your mind.

👩‍🏫 It’s true many educators don’t get into the profession for the money. But one teacher is near tears after realizing she has just $25 of her $2,500 monthly paycheck left after living expenses.

💄 An Ulta Beauty employee has shared a now-viral TikTok of the messy conditions Drunk Elephant testers are left in by customers at locations across the country.

🥪 This TikToker is getting a lot of attention for posting a clip of herself lampooning “how it feels eating on a 30 min lunch” break during work. 

🛍️ A lot of people are defending this Uber Eats driver who stapled his real estate business card to orders. 

🧥 A shopper is calling out the Salvation Army for selling $500 fur coats

🍔 This former McDonald’s corporate chef is going viral for claiming he was blocked from creating a burger with eggs on it

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👋 Before you go

One of users’ favorite pastimes of viewing videos on TikTok is hearing the hilarious storytime videos created by content creators. 

Actor and server Danny (@dannytheserver) shares and creates content with his 38,100 TikTok followers about customer interactions and crazy stories that happen at his local cafe job

In this particular TikTok video, Danny shares about a time a woman was upset that her drink didn’t have latte art—a conundrum since she ordered a hot tea and latte art is made using steamed milk.

Server says customer was upset her drink didn't have latte art. She ordered a hot tea
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🎶 Now Playing: “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin 🎶 

 
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