Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
We’re back in the swing of things this week and our top stories for you today are about: people identifying with a viral video about taking job interview calls in all kinds of places, an anti-vax film testing Twitter’s misinformation polices in the wake of Elon Musk’s acquisition, an influencer accusing Disney fandom of trolling a teenager into a relapse, and workers at Blank Street Coffee starting a unionization push.
After that, we’ve got a “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
☎️ WORK DYSTOPIA
‘Did a whole Zoom interview in our work bathroom’: Worker gets call for phone interview while at current job
A TikToker went viral after uploading a clip that speaks to a phenomenon many people seem to identify with: yearning for the opportunity to land a better job while working one you’d rather not be doing.
Anti-vax film ‘Died Suddenly’ is littered with fake claims, testing boundaries of Musk’s Twitter
The film is filled with footage of fainting individuals who never actually died.
Ava Louise says harassment contributed to her friend’s overdose.
Blank Street Coffee, a venture capital-backed coffee chain that has become increasingly popular in recent months, is getting hit with a union push.
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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy
People are convinced a man was arrested for putting classified military bases in Minecraft
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
💍 A wedding invitation has sparked a ton of debate on TikTok because it asked attendees to pay for their own meal.
💰 In a longstanding battle between TikTok creators and bold tipping practices, one creator’s video about iPad tipping at a Starbucks location is resonating with viewers.
📞 A customer service representative went viral on TikTok after recounting a story about rude a customer who talked down to her.
📹 Here’s how local governments are surveilling their workers.
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👋 Before you go
A Dollar Tree worker went viral on TikTok after revealing the massive piles of boxes his manager allegedly requested he unpacks in just one week.
The video was uploaded by user @thefunkiestfella as he records the back room of the Dollar Tree location.