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Posted on Jan 11, 2024   Updated on Jan 12, 2024, 6:57 am CST

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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 Target shopper who says they were trampled by people trying to get a special edition Stanley cup at Target, an exclusive report about Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch getting robbed of “30-40” guns, conspiracy theories about the recent Alaska Airlines flight’s window blowing out mid-flight, and a viral video where a woman says USPS won’t deliver to her because a worker got bitten by a dog (although she doesn’t have one). 

After that, our Senior Politics and Technology Editor David has “Deplatformed‘ column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘This is exactly why I did store pickup’: Target shopper says she was trampled by customers who were trying to get to Valentine’s Stanley cups

The Valentine’s Day-themed Stanley cups released at Target are all the rage—so much so that customers are trampling each other to get their hands on one.


EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein was robbed of ’30-40′ guns in still unsolved New Mexico ranch case

A New Mexico Department of Public Safety police report obtained exclusively by the Daily Dot details a burglary at pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in August 2018 where thieves allegedly stole “30-40” guns.


‘What are the odds?’: Viewers have conspiracy theories after Alaska Airlines window blows out mid-flight—in seats no one’s using

The world looked on in shock as a door of Boeing 737 Max 9 was torn off mid-Alaska Airlines flight—but now, armchair detectives are rife with conspiracy theories surrounding the event.


‘We’ll never come to your house again’: Woman says USPS won’t deliver to her house because a worker got bitten by a dog. She doesn’t have one

A USPS customer said that because a mail carrier was bitten by a dog near or on her property (a detail she’s still trying to confirm) she can no longer have packages delivered to her house.


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🚉 Deplatformed

By David Covucci
Politics & Technology Editor

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Deplatformed: CIA Maui fire and DEI pilot conspiracies

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

👚 A user on TikTok has sparked discussion after claiming that an H&M employee attempted to scam him.

🧇 If you were ever curious about how to piss off your local Waffle House server, look no further than this viral video.

🥔 This Popeye’s employee is showing some of the innovative ways she prepares meals for herself using ingredients in her restaurant’s kitchen, with one meal consisting of “mashed potato balls,” stuffed with bacon and cheese.

📺 Best Buy refused to take back the damaged TV they sold a customer claiming it’s company policy. Many say they’ll no longer buy TVs from the retailer because of it.

🎂 This video of a flight attendant baking a cake on a plane is getting a ton of attention online. 

🎯 One Target employee has raised a new complaint about customers: those who act a little too familiar, and call her by her given name, even though she is wearing a nametag.

🛒 Popular content creator Madison (@ugh_madison) is spending her free time working shifts at different well-known stores, like Walmart and Target.

👶 From the Daily Dot archive: The many lives of the Dancing Baby, cyberspace’s first cringe meme.

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👋 Before you go

After getting through the food gauntlets of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, taking on a 28-inch, nearly ten-pound pizza is probably the last thing any of us wants to dive into.

But what if making your way through that mountain of sauce and cheese could net you a cold $450 in cash?

Cicis Pizza in Katy, Texas, located at 21931 Katy Fwy, invites any of its guests to partake in the “Pizza Challenge.” 

If you’ve got the nerve—and the stomach—to accept the conditions, you too could compete for the $500 prize. But beware. More people have failed than succeeded. In fact, the majority of people who have attempted it couldn’t beat the hour-long time limit.

That didn’t stop Texas TikToker MOMOTIONLV (@momotionlv) from shooting his shot

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*First Published: Jan 11, 2024, 10:30 am CST