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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: An Airbnb renter fixing a broken toilet seat instead of having to pay for the damages, how a Vanderpump Rules subreddit is the unsung hero of this season, how sharing over-the-top and petty Venmo requests has become a recent trend online, and how Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) divorce has sparked a new meme theorizing that she’s dating the lead singer of Nickelback. 

After that, we’ve got our second “Your Password Sucks” column for our Tech Reporter Mikael. Today one web_crawlr reader asked if you need antivirus software for Apple products. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘The way they probs would have charged $400 for that $20 lid’: Guest fixes toilet themselves after damaging it in Airbnb

One person says they accidentally broke the toilet seat at their Airbnb, and instead of get charged for the damage they decided to take matters into their own hands


The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ subreddit is this season’s unsung hero

It’s hard to reminisce upon what the subreddit was like pre-Scandoval. There’s only then and now.


‘It’s always the rich ppl too’: Woman Venmo-requests everyone 25 cents after she voluntarily offers jug of Sprite

A lot of people have been sharing the over-the-top Venmo requests they’ve been getting. Some of them are very petty


New meme theorizes Lauren Boebert left her husband for the lead singer of Nickelback

The news that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is divorcing her husband stirred up a frenzy online.


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🔒 Your Password Sucks

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Welcome to Your Password Sucks, the web_crawlr column that answers all your internet security related questions.

Today, web_crawlr reader Michael B. asks: “Do I need virus protection software on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac like I did on my Windows based laptop?”

Do you have an internet security question you want answered? Let Mikael know! His “Your Password Sucks” column runs bi-weekly in the web_crawlr newsletter.

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🔑 A tenant shared a bizarre story about how the locks to her apartment door were changed while she was away. To top it all, her medication was locked inside.

🍔 It looks like one McDonald’s worker isn’t a fan of customers who order well-done burgers.

☕ Viewers came to the defense of a Starbucks employee who gave customers “a side of attitude” when handing them their drinks and straws in a viral video.

🥪 A Canadian TikToker reported on what she got for 7 euros while traveling in Italy—a laughably small sandwich that the restaurant then hilariously compensated for later.

🚗 Carbon monoxide poisoning is no joke as evidenced in a recent encounter that’s been widely viewed on social media about just how sneaky the lethal gas can be: a driver found out her car was leaking carbon monoxide into the cabin

😂 The attempt of a Bojangles manager to get a laugh out of his employees and viewers on the platform has drawn over 25,000 views.

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👋 Before you go

A tenant recently discovered that she had her own storage unit—one that her homeowners association apparently failed to tell her about until they needed it cleaned

In a now-viral clip that has drawn more than 2.5 million views, @grehs_ recorded her reaction the association’s email, which instructed her to clean the unit despite the fact that she never knew it existed

“This morning, I got a really weird email from my HOA that said I had to clean everything out of my storage unit,” @grehs_ said. She added that she found the message particularly odd because, “I never thought I had a storage unit.”

HOA says tentant has to clean her storage unit. She didn't know she had one
HOA says tentant has to clean her storage unit. She didn’t know she had one

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