Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Happy Monday! We’re starting off the week with key reports about: White Castle using AI-powered drive-thru robots, an Instacart shopper sounding the alarm about a scam, a “Ketchup Karen,” and how “personality hires” are all over TikTok right now.
After that, we’ve got our “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘What terms and conditions are you agreeing to?’: White Castle drive-thru robot asks customer to agree to ‘terms & conditions’ before ordering
White Castle has joined the bandwagon in using AI-powered servers.
An Instacart shopper claims that a customer tried to scam her by pretending to be an Instacart representative through the app in a now-viral video, warning others to be vigilant when taking orders.
A McDonald’s customer recorded a ‘Karen’ arguing with employees over the amount of ketchup on her burger.
💼 WORK DYSTOPIA
The office ‘personality hire’ is dividing viewers. Do these charming colleagues actually help the workplace?
“Personality hires” are all over TikTok right now.
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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy
Fake screenshot adds confusion to Neuralink’s treatment of monkeys
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
💸 A nightclub server says a customer left his number and was down to cheat on his wife—but only tipped the server 10%.
🍟 Is it OK to order a bunch of fast food on a holiday?
✏️ This TikToker is going viral for sharing the “weird” personality assessment they were given on a job application.
🍳 Have you ever wondered how the “cheese eggs” are made at Waffle House?
🎁 The best holiday gift ideas for coworkers (yes, even your boss) are right here in this gift guide!*
☎️ Right-wing trolls Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman must help register low-income voters after being sentenced for carrying out a robocall scheme in 2020.
🏳️🌈 From the Daily Dot archive: How a Sims 2 fan forum became anunwitting safe space for queer creatives.
🥪 A customer caught Subway workers “chilling” in the store and shutting the doors before the store closed.
🛒 A Walmart employee shared a PSA to viewers who might want to try the so-called “slip and fall” scam at one of the stores.
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👋 Before you go
In a viral TikTok, an Arby’s customer recorded a tense interaction between a manager and a customer, sparking discussion in the comments.
The video was uploaded by user @sofakingweetodded as he recorded the dispute at an Arby’s location in Hudson, Ohio. The video starts off with the manager cursing at a customer and snatching his drink away, saying, “enjoy your day.” The dispute flares from there.
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