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Posted on Jan 16, 2024   Updated on Jan 17, 2024, 12:14 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 Chipotle customer’s simple request causing a wild response that left them “speechless,” how a video of former President Trump carrying pizza has sparked numerous memes, hackers doxing North Carolina politicians responsible for a new law requiring porn viewers to verify their age, and a Cloudflare worker who went viral after filming themselves getting fired during a video call. 

After that, our Senior Reporter Tricia has a “Problematic on TikTok” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

🌯 VIRAL
‘I was speechless’: Chipotle worker throws out customer’s bowl after he asks for more meat

This Chipotle customer instantly regretted asking the worker to add a bit more chicken to his burrito bowl.

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🍕 POLITICS
‘Glorious leader can lift EIGHT boxes’: Trump praised for carrying pizza for firefighters—and gets memed

Trump’s mundane publicity stunt quickly garnered unrelenting praise from his supporters online and widespread mockery from critics, who highlighted just how bizarre the praise was.

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💻 HACKING
Furry hackers claim to dox politicians behind North Carolina’s new age verification law in ‘Operation PAVE’

The self-described gay furries in the hacking group SiegedSec claim to have doxed the politicians in North Carolina responsible for the law requiring porn viewers to verify their age.

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💼 LABOR
‘He has given me nothing but I am doing a great job’: Cloudflare worker gets fired in video call. But HR can’t explain why

The 9-minute clip shows a calm and collected worker on a video call with Cloudflare representatives, where she confronts them about the reasons behind her termination.

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😬 Problematic on TikTok

By Tricia Crimmins
Senior Reporter

Magic finds at Goodwill bins
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Are TikTokers lying about finding designer items at Goodwill?

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Tuesdays our IRL Reporter Tricia Crimmins breaks down the trends on the popular app that will make you cringe in her “Problematic on TikTok” 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 your inbox.


🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🏋️ A woman confronted a man who she assumed was staring at her in the gym. Only, she wasn’t prepared for the plot twist he was about to throw at her.

🧀 This Cracker Barrel customer walked out of the restaurant mid-service after seeing the sad looking mac-and-cheese she was given alongside her chicken and dumplings. 

📺 Buying high-priced electronics with cash comes with a price at Best Buy: Not getting cash back if you ever decide to return them. In a viral video, one Best Buy worker repeatedly explains this policy to a customer as the customer expresses frustration.

💄 A TikToker is calling Sephora out after discovering their rewards program may be giving away clues as to how much products are actually worth.

🍷 Amid Dry January—which has already seen its share of chaos less than two weeks into 2024—a call rang out, and now the Josh wine memes are flowing.

🍞 You might want to think twice before microwaving a Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwich.

🕣 Time theft is a term companies use to describe when workers use company time to do non-company-related tasks. One TikToker shares how they were fired for allegedly committing time theft as far back as three months ago.

📹 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s how local governments are surveilling their workers.


📝 Question of the Day

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👋 Before you go

A woman says she was asked to leave a bar because she was wearing a vintage fur coat.

In a TikTok, Alexandra Yvette (@preraphaelitequeen) says that when in a speakeasy bar in New York City, a man asked her to leave because fur wasn’t allowed in the establishment.

“‘You need to leave,’” Yvette says she was told. “‘Please go.’”

Yvette says that after the “intense” interaction, she wanted to cry.

It just felt like such a weird rejection,” she says in her TikTok. “And I was questioning my morals.”

person speaking with caption 'Kicked out of a bar in New York for wearing fur' (l) black fur (c) person speaking with caption 'Kicked out of a bar in New York for wearing fur' (r)
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*First Published: Jan 16, 2024, 10:30 am CST