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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Apr 10, 2023   Updated on Apr 11, 2023, 6:59 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 to kick off the week are about: How Trump’s stained suit collar during his court appearance last week is getting a lot of attention online, a renter catching her apartment complex trying to swindle her out of her security deposit, an IT firm getting called out for posting a job listing that stated only white candidates should be considered, and how an AI image of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is fooling people online

After that, our Tech Reporter Mikael Thalen has his weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I think I can smell the picture’: Trump’s stained suit collar goes viral

He either needs a new suit or a new dry cleaner.


🏠 WTF 
‘They thought they had a dummy’: Renter says she caught apartment trying to swindle her upon move-out

You won’t need to look too hard on the internet to read about a disgruntled tenant who believes their landlord or property management is attempting to swindle them out of their security deposit.


IT firm’s job posting accidentally reveals it only wants white candidates

The company has seemingly declined to answer questions about the listing.


🤖 AI 
AI image of an ‘unwell’ Julian Assange sparks calls for his release

An image purporting to show WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange physically unwell in London’s Belmarsh prison fooled countless people online despite being generated by artificial intelligence (AI).


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy 

By Mikael Thalen

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Hillary Clinton’s glass ceiling speech cited by flat earthers as proof world is covered by glass dome

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

☕ A former Starbucks barista took to TikTok to reveal that she has been “decaffing” customers she deemed unworthy of caffeine.

🍕 This Domino’s worker garnered over 1.6 million views on their viral video for trying to save customers more than a few bucks

🍷 A bar patron on TikTok said she was “catfished” by her drink.

🛒 A TikToker is calling out men who work for shopping services like Instacart or Doordash who refuse to fulfill orders with period products.

🎧 A woman on TikTok is claiming that she found used Apple AirPods in her Amazon package, sparking debate about the origins of the headphones.

🍴 Servers have a lot to say on social media about rude customers and low tippers.

🚓 Undercover police officers with the LAPD are suing both the department and the city after their information was released via a public records request to a local news outlet. 

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

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👋 Before you go

In a viral TikTok, a bartender shared that how much alcohol her customers got in their drinks depended on how nice they were (or how well they tipped).

Cydney (@cydneyjordan) shared that she used to work in restaurants and would occasionally bartend. However, she was never trained as a bartender, so when the time to make drinks came, she said she used her own judgment to decide how strong a person’s drink would be.

person greenscreen TikTok over cocktail measuring jig with caption 'um if you were kind of an blank or we were really busy' (l) person greenscreen TikTok over cocktail measuring jig with caption 'guys I have a confession to make' (c) person greenscreen TikTok over cocktail measuring jig with caption 'habitually didn't tip well little side' (r)

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2023, 10:30 am CDT