Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Today’s top stories are about: a Domino’s employee who yelled at a customer, a hospital worker who received a potato as a holiday gift, the fallout of John Fetterman remarking that he’s not a progressive, and a rundown of the best pointing memes.
After that, dig into a “Decoding Fandom” column from yours truly.
Until next time,
⚡ Today’s top stories
“Please walk in and show this to a manager,” one TikTok user commented.
‘Do i show up with Tupperware and just get my $$$$ worth in sour cream?’ a hospital worker asks in a viral video.
John Fetterman donors demand refunds after he says he never promised to be progressive—despite plenty of proof
‘I’m not a progressive,’ the Pennsylvania Senator told NBC News.
Pointing memes are a versatile tool in online humor, allowing users to express a range of emotions in a way that is visually impactful.
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By Kira Deshler
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🏥 One woman has a warning for anyone who ends up becoming a patient at a hospital: Set your social media to private during your stay.
🌯 In a viral video, a customer says a Chipotle worker food-shamed him after he ordered a bowl that ended up costing $25.
🤢 A McDonald’s customer in Australia was expecting a snack wrap and got an unpleasant surprise instead.
👀 This Ulta worker revealed in a viral video all of the foundation, makeup, and perfumes she destroys, finding the process “satisfying.”
✈️ Two United Airlines passengers—one who hadn’t seen his daughter in a year—were not allowed to get on their flight because of their dogs. At least one of them may not get a refund on their ticket.
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📱 A woman on TikTok is shedding light on the “digital dark age.” She believes that people’s memories—videos, images, and written posts—will one day vanish, along with the social media platforms they were originally posted on.
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👋 Before you go
TikToker Meeb (@shlimeslatterson) has stirred the TikTok pot with a video that’s not just a viral hit crossing over 700,000 views, but also a cheeky commentary on the ethics of digital manipulation. The video showcases Meeb’s faux attempt at gaming the online food delivery system by using AI to alter the appearance of food for a refund on Uber Eats.
Meeb’s video opens with a text overlay, “Me wondering how I gained weight when I literally FaceTuned my food so I could get a refund and use it to get more food.”
While it’s a creative life hack, the ethics are a little murky.
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