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Posted on Mar 19, 2024   Updated on Mar 19, 2024, 3:15 pm CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: A renter revealing how her apartment complex maintenance crew allegedly patched one of her cats into a wall, more backlash to the U.S. potentially banning TikTok, a 7-Eleven shopper exposing a trick to spot hidden card skimmers, and people discovering a gas station in Ireland named after former President Barack Obama. 

After that, we’ve got our first edition of “Digital Democracy” from our Senior Reporter Tricia

See ya tomorrow! 

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⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I’m SO glad you got this on video’: Renter says apartment complex sealed her cat into the wall

A woman revealed how her apartment complex maintenance crew allegedly patched one of her cats into a wall.


‘It’s not just a bunch of influencers’: Man calls out House for TikTok ban, says it will take ‘thousands of dollars’ out of Americans’ pockets

One person went viral for arguing that his biggest issue with Congress potentially banning the app isn’t that folks aren’t going to be able to mind-numbingly scroll as a means of quelling anxiety, but that “average people” are going to lose money.


7-Eleven shopper finds trick to spot hidden card skimmers

Fraud is all around, and scammers are getting more creative with how and where they steal your information.


TikTok discovers gas station in Ireland named after Barack Obama

If you’re planning a trip to Ireland any time soon, there’s a very special gas station that you just might want to stretch your legs at — especially if you’re a fan of Barack Obama.


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👩‍💻 Digital Democracy

By Tricia Crimmins
Senior Reporter

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Arizona Republicans voted not to codify protections for emergency contraception 

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📺 Bingeworthy

Over on the Daily Dot’s YouTube channel, we just released a new video looking at the “13 Best ’90s Horror Movies.” From Army of Darkness to teen slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer, there’s something for everyone on this list.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🛒 Depending on who you are, self-checkout can be the most convenient option or the most frustratingFor one woman, it is the latter.

☎️ A woman is warning people to keep an eye on their credit score after hers dropped 24 points overnight allegedly due to a six-year-old billing error from her phone company.

🎂 This customer says an Applebee’s server shamed her for trying to order a molten lava cake. In the now-viral TikTok, she explained why she doesn’t dare to set foot in an Applebee’s again.

🌐 Experts shared the top 10 technologies set to change America in 2024 at SXSW last week. 

🚕 A passenger says her Waymo driverless taxi was programmed to make a risky turn into oncoming traffic. She couldn’t change it

🐟 Are observant Catholics going to feel the bite at their local McDonald’s during Lent this year? Or are Filet-O-Fish prices just rising along with the tidal wave of price creep that seems to be affecting fast food prices nationwide?

📱 A Marshalls customer posted a viral video saying the store is falsely advertising its phone cases by putting the wrong-sized case into incorrectly labeled packaging

🦠 From the Daily Dot archive: Here are the viral marketing campaigns that helped shape the internet as we know it.

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👋 Before you go

Given the seemingly universal rise in fast food prices seen over the past few years, any change in cost is sure to be noticed by diners.

Now, a user on TikTok is claiming that her sandwich is more expensive than listed on the menu—and the reason she was given is strange.

In a video with over 177,000 views, TikTok user Angie (@angie1135) shows a menu at a Dunkin’ location. A sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich can be seen on the menu with a listed price of $3.

“Does anyone know if this is true? The sign says $3 for a sausage, egg, and cheese, and they charged me $6 and said that that’s morning prices, and this is the afternoon,” Angie recalls.

She also shows her receipt from the restaurant, which indicates that she paid around $6 for the sandwich.

Dunkin’ customer gets charged double. Workers tell her that’s the ‘morning prices’
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*First Published: Mar 19, 2024, 10:30 am CDT