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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Today’s top stories are about: a McDonald’s customer who fears she signed her life away after installing their new app, a conspiracy theory that alleges Putin’s body is in a fridge somewhere, an Uber Eats customer whose pizza was held hostage, and an explanation of the Trade Offer meme.

After that, Mikael answers a reader question in his “Your Password Sucks” column. 

Until next time,

— K.D.

⚡ Today’s top stories

McDonald’s customer doesn’t read fine print for app because she wants free fries with $1 purchase, regrets it

A TikTok creator contends she “signed [her] life away for some nuggets” after accepting the new terms and conditions for the McDonald’s app. This is a wide-spread issue.


‘He is in the refrigerator’: Russian conspiracy theorists keep forcing the Kremlin to deny that Putin is dead

Conspiracy theorists believe Russian President Vladimir Putin died on Thursday and the Kremlin has been using a body double ever since.


Customer says restaurant tried to stop 2 separate Uber Eats drivers from picking up his order

“Are you holding my pizza hostage right now?”


What is the Trade Offer meme? And how did it get to TikTok?

The meme mocks the trade request pop-ups in video games, highlighting incredibly lopsided exchanges.


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🔒 Your Password Sucks

By Mikael Thalen
Staff Reporter

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Today, web_crawlr reader Lisa R. asks whether using Apple Pay is a safer payment method.

Do you have an internet security question you want answered? Let Mikael know! His “Your Password Sucks” column runs bi-weekly in the web_crawlr newsletter.

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🦷 A man called Poison Control after his girlfriend accidentally brushed her teeth with Deep Heat, a pain relief cream used to treat minor aches and pains.

💄 Ever wonder which items at Ulta never sell? Well one worker is shedding light on the products that “collect dust” at the store

🛒 This Walmart shopper is asking for a bigger self-checkout workspace now that customers have to check themselves out.

👀 A man tried to pass off a fake Louis Vuitton bracelet he bought for a woman as real. But she caught him

🎥 After being photographed with Sean Levy, a director from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans think Taylor Swift will star as Dazzler in Marvel’s Deadpool 3

🍺 The revolution is here, and it’s non-alcoholic. Here are the best non-alcoholic beers for guilt-free nightcaps and pain-free mornings.

💰 A TikToker was left shocked by a reading error that resulted in him receiving a $20,000 bill and a $4,000 fine from the IRS, accusing him of underreporting his income

🆔 After getting an ID photo taken in South Korea, a woman was surprised to see that her face had been photoshopped

📺 From the Daily Dot archive: What do users actually want from streaming services

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📝 Question of the Day

Everyone’s got opinions, and we want to know yours. Just click a button below to answer the question, and tomorrow we will let you know how fellow web crawlers like you answered. 


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👋 Before you go

Cleaning after yourself while dining out can make your server’s job easier. Stacking your plates, glasses, and utensils on top of each other and leaving them at the edge of your table can go a long way. However, a bartender issued a public service announcement to restaurant and bar patrons: stop putting trash into empty glasses.

The PSA came from TikTok user Matthew Rangel (@therealmattyr), who demonstrated the proper way to help clean up after yourself at a restaurant. 

Man showing off plates and napkins(l+r), Empty dishes on table(c)
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