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

It’s almost the end of the week and we’ve got some top stories to help you get there about: An Airbnb experience that a customer says “ruined” her birthday, how the popular “Binging With Babish” YouTuber is under fire for his Hogwarts Legacy sponsored content, an exclusive report that shows how some of the most vocal anti-TikTok members of Congress are happy to take money from the company’s executives, and a worker sharing a job interview hack in a viral clip. 

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

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Customer shares Airbnb experience that led her to delete the app

A TikToker’s negative birthday experience with an Airbnb listing has drawn over 1 million views on the platform, where it is resonating with viewers who’ve similarly had unsatisfactory bookings.


‘Binging with Babish’ YouTuber under fire for ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ sponsored content

Many fans see this as an endorsement of J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans views.


EXCLUSIVE: Kevin McCarthy took $42,500 from TikTok’s top policy chief—as he calls on Congress to investigate the app

TikTok and ByteDance execs doled out tens of thousands of dollars.


‘I’ll be doing this for all interviews’: Worker shares job interview hack after giving the ‘best’ interview of her life

A tech sales career consultant posted a viral clip about the “best” interview she’s ever given for a company. 


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🗳️ Dirty Delete

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💤 This worker claims she missed her work shift after she accidentally napped for 12 hours instead of 3. 

😡 One woman’s story about a thrift store’s contradictory policy on bra straps has enraged Tiktok users, garnering over 1 million views.

🍴 A restaurant hostess‘s video is going viral on TikTok after blasting customers who don’t understand the concept of a “closed section” in a restaurant.

🍔 This worker is going viral for claiming that she was fired from Culver’s for being an introvert

🛍️ A TikToker claims there’s a new DoorDash refund policy that’s unfavorable to customers, sparking discussion on the platform.

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🍕 An ex-Little Caesars worker says his uniform shirt’s cost was taken out of his paycheck

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🚗 A woman’s video has gone viral and sparked debate after documenting a microaggression made against her by an Uber driver.

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👋 Before you go

A viral TikToker says he experienced ultimate shame when his debit card got declined while shopping at Dollar Tree.

The TikToker, Drew Gunby (@drewgunby), has one million followers, and often posts funny, relatable content about his life. In one of his recent videos, which he records inside the Dollar Tree store, he talks about how it felt to have his card declined.

“Sitting here at 25 years of life, I’ve had my fair share of shame and embarrassment, but having my debit card declined at Dollar Tree and having to put back essentially all of my fucking groceries, that’s a new low,” Gunby says in the video.

man speaking in Dollar Tree (l) Dollar Tree building with sign (c) man speaking in Dollar Tree (r)
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