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Posted on May 3, 2023   Updated on May 4, 2023, 7:34 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: How gig workers are calling for more protections in the wake of an Uber Eats driver getting murdered last month, a Twitter glitch that allowed for formerly verified accounts to get their blue checks back without subscribing to Twitter Blue, an Amazon customer warning of a new scam, and why Wes Anderson fans hate an AI-generated Star Wars mash-up

After that, we’ve got a “Now Streaming” column from our Senior Culture Reporter Audra

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⚡ Today’s top stories

‘That could have been me’: Delivery workers call for protections after brutal murder of Uber Eats driver

An Uber Eats driver was murdered last month. Food delivery drivers have posted on TikTok and Twitter sharing their condolences and reactions to the murder, including calls for more protections for gig workers.


A Twitter glitch is letting legacy verified users get their blue checks back

A glitch on Twitter allowed formerly verified legacy accounts to temporarily reinstate their old blue checkmarks without having to subscribe to Twitter Blue.


Amazon customer warns of phone scam that makes you download app

An Amazon customer is sharing a story of being scammed by fraudulent customer support, which asked her to download an app that gives remote access to your device.


Why Wes Anderson fans hate this AI-generated ‘Star Wars’ video

Viral on TikTok and Twitter, this Wes Anderson/’Star Wars’ mash-up sparked a debate over AI cinema.


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📦 This Amazon worker is going viral for criticizing customers who order things like a bag of chips

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In a now-viral TikTok, a Starbucks customer revealed that she drove away without the drink she paid for because a barista was rude to her.

In the video, Keila explains that she ordered her usual—a hot oat milk brown sugar latte with four pumps of brown sugar. However, when she pulled up to the window to receive her order, the barista handed her a cold drink. Keila says she politely requested the worker to remake it, which they agreed to.

The issue arose when the worker who took Keila’s order came to the window. The worker was allegedly “rude and mean” about the remake.

Starbucks customer speaking in car with caption 'so I just left Starbucks without my drink' (l) Starbucks drive thru window worker handing customer cold drink (c) Starbucks customer speaking in car with caption 'but I paid for it' (r)
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*First Published: May 3, 2023, 10:30 am CDT