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Posted on Feb 16, 2023   Updated on Feb 16, 2023, 6:54 am CST

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. I’m back! Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Our top stories today are about: A viral video of a completely trashed Airbnb property that people think is actually staged, a look at how Canadians are canceling their Netflix subscriptions amid a password-sharing crack down, how people are spoiling the ending of Hogwarts Legacy with copypasta, and how Biden’s FCC nominee Gigi Sohn said the agency could restore net neutrality despite a recent Supreme Court ruling. 

After that, our Politics Reporter Claire has her weekly “Dirty Delete” column. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Airbnb hosts say guests completely trashed their unit—but viewers are skeptical

An Airbnb host shows the aftermath of an unruly guest trashing their unit in a now-viral TikTok, documenting the clean-up process. However, some viewers suspect that the disaster may have been staged.


Canadian TikTokers cancel Netflix subscriptions as password-sharing rule kicks in

Netflix’s new password-sharing rules apparently rolled out in Canada this week, after the streaming service walked back the proposed changes for the U.S.—for now.


People are spoiling ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ as a new way of protesting the game

This spoiler-filled copypasta is the latest way of striking back against J.K. Rowling.


Gigi Sohn says recent Supreme Court ruling won’t stop FCC from reinstating net neutrality

Sohn said in her third confirmation hearing that she believes the FCC still has the authority to act on net neutrality if Congress does not.


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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🚽 A user on TikTok has sparked discussion after claiming she watched over a Dollar General location so the store’s sole employee could use the bathroom.

🧃 This Walgreens customer documented themselves being confused over digital screens on fridge doors showing what products were inside

🌯 A TikTok of a Chipotle customer complaining about the high costof their burrito bowl has gone viral and sparked another controversy regarding the fast-food chain.

🥗 People online are trying to “finesse” Olive Garden‘s unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks system

💍 From our friends at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot’s creator economy newsletter: “Your marriage counselor is now a TikToker.” 

🍺 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 diner filmed servers at a restaurant dancing to a Meghan Trainor song for elderly customers, adding that they have to do the dance every hour

🚘 A prolific Houston-based TikToker who documents his misadventures driving for DoorDash claimed that a customer tried to “service” him when he made a delivery to her hotel.

🌐 From the Daily Dot archive: Is there a First Amendment right to assemble in the metaverse?

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👋 Before you go

A TikToker who claimed to “still have nightmares” about working at Texas Roadhouse created a viral video highlighting what surely had to be one of her worst moments at the chain restaurant.

The video featured the creator, @krispycrack, mouthing along to a popular TikTok soundbite: “Okay, you got me there, but that is not a crime.”

But the real story is in the onscreen caption, which read, “When my manager at Texas Roadhouse threatened my job because people don’t want to add fking onions and mushrooms on their steak or a flavored lemonade.”

Since posting the video to the platform on Feb. 8, the creator has drawn in more than 626,000 views and almost 60,000 likes.

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2023, 10:30 am CST