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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Mar 14, 2023   Updated on Mar 15, 2023, 7:56 am CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: A tech worker calling out Amazon after having a nightmare ordering experience, how people rallied around a queer TikToker who received homophobic comments after saying he was diagnosed with HIV, a deeper look at the bill that could ban TikTok in the U.S., and a worker sharing how his company conducted a “phishing test” on employees. 

After that, we bumped our “Now Streaming” column up a day to discuss the Oscars, and highlighted some of our coverage of the event. Check it out below. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘It never arrives but Amazon will not refund you’: Tech worker warns against ordering from Amazon

A woman is calling out Amazon after they failed to deliver her $2,000 order—and did not immediately refund her.


The internet is defending a TikToker living with HIV from Twitter hate

After queer TikToker Zachary Willmore announced that he had been diagnosed with HIV, he received an outpouring of support on TikTok and Twitter despite viral homophobic tweets about his diagnosis.


The RESTRICT Act isn’t about banning TikTok—it’s designed to force a sale

The U.S. doesn’t want to ban TikTok, it wants to own it.


Company pretends to send worker $25 Starbucks card as ‘phishing test’

In a viral video, a worker shared how his company conducted a “phishing test” by offering employees a $25 Starbucks gift card. In the comments, users shared similar stories they’ve had with their companies. 


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📺 Now Streaming

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A very online movie dominated the 2023 Oscars

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Wednesdays our Culture Reporters Audra Schroeder and Michelle Jaworski review or analyze the latest streaming content in their “Now Streaming” column.  If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.


🎬 An Oscar for Best Fatsuit? ‘The Whale’ attracts backlash for its two Oscar wins

🎬 People aren’t happy about the Oscars leaving Charlbi Dean out of the In Memoriam segment

🎬 Activia is getting thanked—and blamed—for Jamie Lee Curtis’ Oscar win

🎬 New ‘Little Mermaid’ Oscar trailer reignites criticisms over bad lighting

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍗 This KFC customer is going viral (and sparking a debate) after they claimed the found a spine in their fried chicken

🍾 A liquor store employee recounted via TikTok how a robber pepper sprayed him and his colleague in the process of stealing just a bottle of vodka.

🧀 How would you feel if your Dunkin’ grilled cheese had a slice of paper stuck between the slices

⛽ A TikToker shared one of his most trying moments at work—accidentally spraying himself in the face and then subsequently flooding an entire truck stop parking lot with diesel fuel.

😈 People aren’t happy about which cast members from the Netflix version of ‘Daredevil’ aren’t coming back for the upcoming Disney+ series

🍼 Everything you need know about the little conception device that’s making it easier to get pregnant.

🍰 This worker says he lied about having restaurant experience to get a job at Cheesecake Factory

👶 From the Daily Dot archive: The many lives of the Dancing Baby,cyberspace’s first cringe meme.

💼 This worker says she was passed over for a management position at her job and then was expected to train the person her company hired for it

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👋 Before you go

It’s been well-documented at this point that a number of Beyoncé fans who were unable to buy tickets to her upcoming tour in their home or neighboring state opted to purchase tickets to see her overseas

But this gambit comes with consequences—as one fan apparently learned the hard way: Buying international flights is expensive, too, and that might also keep some Beyoncé devotees from seeing her live. 

In a video posted to TikTok, user @jamaicanvibe attempted to sell her overseas tickets online because she couldn’t afford to buy a plane ticket

person speaking while holding tv remote up to head with caption 'please tell them I am selling Beyonce tickets in Germany' (l) person speaking while holding tv remote up to head with caption 'I cannot afford the plane ticket' (c) person speaking with caption 'I don't know why I thought...Gutentag I need to sell these tickets' (r)

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*First Published: Mar 14, 2023, 10:30 am CDT