Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Our top stories today are about: A Taco Bell customer who says she was kicked out of the restaurant for cleaning and decorating a bathroom, how a conspiracy theory about President Joe Biden’s Christmas tree fell apart very quickly, a viral video where a woman says her married uncle liked her on Tinder, and why Netflix is facing backlash online.
After that, our Senior Politics and Technology Editor David has a “Deplatformed” column for you.
See you tomorrow! We’ve got something fun planned… so stay tuned! 👀
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘I could never care about my job enough to not let someone do something like this’: Woman kicked out of Taco Bell for cleaning, decorating the bathroom
A woman got kicked out of Taco Bell for trying to clean and decorate their bathroom for free.
‘That’s not Joe Biden in 2023’: Conservatives declare Christmas photo of Biden a fake—without realizing it’s an old pic
A picture of President Joe Biden and his wife Jill trimming the White House Christmas tree went viral with conservative accounts accusing the White House of pushing out fake propaganda using old photos. What they didn’t seem to realize was that it is in fact old and wasn’t put out recently.
Online dating and dating apps have turned simple swipes into meet-cutes. However, these meetings become less cute when there are family members involved.
After posting a shirtless movie still of Charles Melton on Instagram, Netflix is receiving backlash on social media for sexualizing Melton’s character, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, in the post.
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By David Covucci
Senior Politics and Technology Editor
Deplatformed: Conservatives think a Chevy ad shows they are ‘winning the culture war’
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🍻 In a now-viral video, a woman shared the types of interactions she has with customers as a 22-year-old bartender.
🍔 A McDonald’s employee sounded off on specific customer behaviors that grind her gears. Her video sparked a litany of different responses from other users on TikTok who shared some of their own pet peeves.
🧀 This man exposed Costco’s mac and cheese recipe as revenge after an employee hassled him over his membership usage.
🗣️ A Sephora worker kicked out a content creator after she attempted a “perfume hack” in the store.
🐟 Sometimes, customers have the strangest requests. In viral clip, a Burger King worker shared one customer’s peculiar request: a customer asked him to prepare Burger King’s Fish’N Crisp the same way McDonald’s makes its iconic Filet-O-Fish.
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🌮 Everyone has been there: You just don’t feel like cooking. That was the motivation for a woman when she wanted to treat her and her husband to a couple of Chipotle bowls earlier this week. She was, however, taken aback when the price came to $50.
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👋 Before you go
It stands to reason Dollar Tree is the cheapest price that you can find. The “dollar” is right there in the name. But one TikToker is pointing out that there are better bargains to be had at Walmart if you just know where to look.
Jenny Luna (@jenny_luna01) tells her viewers, “It’s official. Walmart has cheaper things than Dollar Tree,” at the beginning of her video. The video now has 65,000 views and counting.
Luna goes on to show a string of bargains she finds on the shelves of Walmart including plain bread crumbs ($1.22), cornbread mic ($1.12), blueberry and strawberry muffin mix ($1.12), a 14-ounce bottle of ketchup for 98 cents, and an 8-ounce bottle of mustard for 60 cents.
“I just got f***ing hungry looking back at this video,” she tells her viewers before beginning a new list of cheap deals.