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Posted on Apr 4, 2024   Updated on Apr 5, 2024, 7:50 am 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: Pictures of former President Trump looking oddly slim sparking accusations that he’s taking a popular weight loss drug, a worker claiming that they called out sick only to wake up and see their boss at the foot of their bed, hackers spending stolen church funds on inflatable sea lions after a pastor called out President Biden, and a look at Mercury Retrograde memes

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

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Recent pictures of Trump looking oddly slim spark Ozempic accusations

Former President Donald Trump appeared considerably slimmer in recent photos. Trump, who was met with immense fatphobia during his presidency, is now facing speculation that he is taking super popular weight loss drugs.


‘My hands really be trembling’: Worker calls out sick, wakes up to boss at the foot of her bed

This utter invasion of privacy by a boss will have your skin scrawling. The worker said the interaction haunts her to this day.


Furry hackers spend stolen church funds on inflatable sea lions after pastor calls out Biden

SiegedSec, the hacking group allegedly compromised of “gay furries,” claims to have breached a U.S.-based church and used its funds to purchase at least 100 inflatable sea lions.


‘Happy Mercury Retrograde in Aries’: Rounding up the best memes now that Mercury is officially retrograde

Are people making memes about Mercury RetrogradeOf course they are!


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Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🎂 A mom took to TikTok to call out Whole Foods for “ruining” her son’s first birthday, but she probably didn’t anticipate the wave of reactions her story would trigger.

🌮 In a viral video, a popular Taco Bell worker revealed “the best addition they’ve ever made.” 

🗑️ This grocery store customer went viral after catching Glad trash bag shrinkflation “red-handed.” 

🚙 A Nissan driver posted a PSA to drivers who own or are looking to buy new vehicles, warning them that mechanics may not be able to work on their cars anymore.

💵 Is cash a thing of the past? One customer’s recent experience at Chipotle has her thinking so.

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👋 Before you go

Hilton Hotels & Resorts valet worker was caught taking a customer’s car for a joy ride and is allegedly unemployed as a result.

In a viral video that has amassed over 5.7 million views and more than 715,600 likes, TikToker and neurosurgeon Betsy Grunch, MD (@ladyspinedoc) shared the dashcam footage that caught the disturbing behavior.

“Just curious how you guys would feel if someone was driving your car like this in a valet parking lot?” the woman asked.

As she spoke, dashcam footage of a car speeding through a parking lot played in the background.

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2024, 10:30 am CDT