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Posted on Mar 9, 2024   Updated on Mar 9, 2024, 2:31 pm CST

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

Our top stories to kick off the weekend are about: Trump’s old endorsement of a candidate resurfacing after he was arrested for murder, the internet being mad at a wedding photographer whose staring rate is $8,500, a worker claiming that their company sent a phishing test that made her think she was getting fired, and a Tesla driver who says he still “loves” his Cybertruck after it potentially endangered the lives of his family

After that we’ve got a “Meme History” column for you about Willy Wonka memes. 

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That’s all from me. See you next week! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Trump’s old endorsement recirculates after candidate he plugged arrested for murder

Dude really has a knack for endorsements!” one person wrote


The internet is mad at a wedding photographer whose services start at 8.5K. Here’s why

One photographer is under fire on TikTok for mentioning their starting rate is $8,500 for their laid-back, sometimes blurry, wedding photography aesthetic.


‘Terminate?’: Worker says corporate sent her a phishing test that made her think she was getting fired

Phishing tests are often deployed in workplaces to gauge how an employee would react to a scam attempt. One worker she received a phishing test email—though she didn’t know it at the time—telling her she was terminated.


‘Literal cult’: Tesla driver says he still ‘loves’ his Cybertruck after steering wheel, brakes fail with wife, child in the car

A man somehow found time to praise Tesla after his Cybertruck experienced a “catastrophic failure” that potentially endangered the lives of him and his family.


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🤓 Meme History

By Kyle Calise
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Meme History: Willy Wonka Memes

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🌴 A Florida resident says spring break in Panama City Beach, Florida, is “no longer what it used to be” and warns that people looking to have a debaucherous time at “outrageous beach parties” should look elsewhere.

🚘 This woman says her car dealership asked her to return her car a week after she bought itHere’s why

🌭 In a post on Reddit, someone shared a text message about her husband’s company’s “employee appreciation day.” To show their love for their workers, the company is offering employees “a hot dog, bag of chips, and a soda.” The catch? If employees want these goodies, they’re going to have to fork over $10.

🛍️ User experiences of DoorDash and other food delivery apps can vary wildly. Some have had great experiences with their delivery drivers, as others report that their exchanges with virtual strangers were more concerning.

🍟 If you think McDonald’s has been charging too much for its fast food, you’re not alone.

🏠 A man who’s fashioned himself as a wide-ranging expert on a number of topics is taking on leases, claiming there are two ways you can get out of a lease without repercussions.

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

👋 Before you go

A man who booked a stay at a Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was shocked at just how bad the rooftop view from his balcony was. So bad, that he just had to share it online.

TikToker and comedian @hardgcomedy accrued over 273,000 views, a pretty impressive feat for someone who only has 163 followers, and upon seeing his video, it’s clear to see why.

Not only was the view not the picture of engaging in the #jetsetter lifestyle, but the video prompted comments from those who think there’s a clear hierarchy of guests hotels follow when deciding who gets what room.

“I’m at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale,” the TikToker says. “I don’t care ’cause I’m not here for vacation but, there’s no way I would take this room if I came here for a vacation.”

Marriott guest can't believe what the view from his balcony is
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*First Published: Mar 9, 2024, 9:31 am CST