Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Our top stories today are about: An Instacart shopper who says she was scammed by a fake customer, an ex-Meta worker who claims she was paid $190,000 “to do nothing,” a look at how the viral Chipotle catering lifehack may not be saving people money, and how supporters of former President Trump fear his calls for protests will lead to their arrests.
After that, we’ve got a “Problematic on TikTok” column from our IRL Reporter Tricia.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘I am no longer able to shop and to work’: Instacart shopper says she was scammed by a fake customer, got her account hacked
A viral video created by an Instacart shopper has caused viewers to express their concerns about hackers targeting Instacart shoppers’ accounts.
Ex Meta worker says she got paid $190K ‘to do nothing’
As more workers are laid-off from companies like Facebook’s parent company Meta, many are turning to social media to tell stories from their time at the company.
Chipotle Catering lifehack accused of being $30 in groceries—plus $100 in meat. Is anyone saving money?
Recently a lot of TikTokers have started promoting Chipotle Catering as an efficient meal prep lifehack. But this idea definitely has some detractors, partly due to Chipotle’s prices.
Trump supporters fear his calls for protest if arrested will lead to another Jan. 6-style roundup
Trump announced he expects to be arrested today in Manhattan.
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😬 Problematic on TikTok
Health professionals using a TikTok sound that makes light of opioid addiction isn’t a great look
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
💼 A woman put her workplace on blast when she shared in a TikTok video that employees were forced to tape their pockets closed.
🍕 In a video with more than 2 million views, a man brought a Chuck E. Cheese frozen pizza to a local pizza place to have it cooked in their oven.
💰 A “food hack” involving Texas Roadhouse has one cook claiming that he’s running out of food at the restaurant because of it.
🍔 In a now-viral video, a McDonald’s worker revealed that she has started clocking out at the end of her shift without permission because her manager “expects” her to stay all night.
🎬 A well-known TikToker is going viral for testing out whether he could get a refund at the movie theater after watching 20 minutes of the film.
🍗 This Raising Cane’s employee has gone viral for calling out customers who jump the gun when putting in their meal orders.
☕ A video showing a dramatic and instantaneous transformation of a Dunkin’ franchise from disarray to ready for the next day sparked debate about how employees handle pre-close and closing duties. It’s a surprisingly contentious labor convo.
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👋 Before you go
A bartender is calling out “impatient” patrons who expect those working behind the bar to drop everything they’re doing and put in their drink order.
In her video, Jemima June (@jemimajune_) is in the process of pouring a round of drinks for another customer at the bar. Upon making eye contact with the camera, she then immediately drops the Tito’s Vodka, smacks the drinks off the bar, and walks over to tend to the “customer” whom she made eye contact with.
“How customers expect you to act once you make eye contact,” June wrote in a text overlay of the TikTok.
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