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Posted on Feb 5, 2024   Updated on Feb 5, 2024, 12:19 pm CST

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Hello fellow web crawlers! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Today’s top stories are about: a server whose meltdown after quitting was captured on camera, the conspiracies on Truth Social following the shooting of a former Trump official, a viral hack about getting the aisle to yourself on airplanes, and Mark Cuban’s claim that X is now unusable

After that, check out Mikael’s ‘One Dumb Conspiracy’ column.

— K.D.


⚡ Today’s top stories

🍴 LABOR
‘I literally can’t take it’: Server quits mid-shift in viral meltdown after having to wait on 24 tables

In the caption, the TikToker reveals that “The entire staff has quit if you were wondering.”

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🚗 POLITICS
Truth Social devolves into paranoia after former Trump official shot by carjacker in D.C.

Some say Gill’s shooting was a targeted hit orchestrated by Democrats and opponents of Trump.

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✈️ VIRAL
‘That’s not iconic’: Viewers are divided after woman shares ‘hack’ she uses to not have to sit by anyone on plane

“Is it even worth it?” some are asking.

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📱 TECH
Mark Cuban says X is ‘impossible’ to use, shares barrage of daily antisemitism his account gets

“It’s nearly impossible to have a true discussion on X any longer,” Cuban said.

READ MORE


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy 

By Mikael Thalen
Staff Reporter

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💰 The age of the internet has given rise to countless side hustles, but they can sometimes be a little dubious or cap how much you can earn.

🍺 Here’s how the Bud Light boycott became a meme bonanza.

📚 A Spotify user sparked a discussion after calling out the company for being deceptive about free audiobooks.

💼 Workers on TikTok are normalizing not giving a two-weeks’ notice when they feel their workplaces have mistreated them.

🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻 A woman’s viral lament after being ghosted by a potential new friend she met via Bumble BFF has young adults reflecting on the struggle to find friends in the digital age

💵 A 99 Cents Only Store employee issued a public service announcement about why items may ring up higher than expected at the register.

🤖 From the Daily Dot archive: Distorted TikTok sounds hurt marginalized creators—and AI is making it worse.


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👋 Before you go

A user on TikTok has gone viral after claiming that he purchased a house on Amazon.

In a video with over 3.7 million views, TikTok user Jeff (@hittaa_jeff) seems baffled by his own alleged purchase, at one point claiming that he “[doesn’t] even know where I’m going to put the house.”

“After today y’all, y’all can take my card. I don’t need it,” he starts. “I’m 23 years old. I just bought a house off Amazon.”

Jeff goes on to claim that the house was originally $24,000, though after taxes, the price amounted to $26,280. Jeff describes this price as “not bad.”

23-year-old says he bought a house on Amazon, has nowhere to put it
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*First Published: Feb 5, 2024, 10:30 am CST