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

Our top stories to start the week are about: A woman claiming she found an iPhone hidden in a paper towel dispenser in a restaurant bathroom, a hybrid worker who has to take a plane to commute to the office once a week, an analysis of Across the Spider-Verse‘s “messy politics,” and a worker tricking her boss into thinking she was working from home when she was actually on the beach. 

After that, our Tech Reporter Mikael has a “One Dumb Conspiracy” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

📷 WTF
‘You never think this can happen to you’: Woman finds iPhone secretly filming her in bathroom’s paper towel dispenser

A Phoenix-based TikToker claimed she found an iPhone hidden in the paper towel dispenser of a women’s single-occupant restroom in a restaurant.

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✈️ VIRAL
‘There is no way that flying once a week is cheaper than renting a place’: Hybrid intern commutes to New York office by plane one day a week

One worker has major caveat to striking a work-life balance: She has to fly between cities once a week to get to her office as a hybrid worker

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🎬 CULTURE 
The messy politics of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

Across the Spider-Verse has a troubling relationship with copaganda, valorizing the NYPD even as it casts Spider-Man as an outlaw hero.

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🌴 LABOR
‘Virtual backgrounds to save the day’: WFH worker answers Teams call at beach club in Ibiza

In a viral video, a remote worker showed how she tricked her boss into thinking she was working from home when she was actually on the beach in Ibiza, Spain.

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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking in front of red background (l) Elon Musk speaking in front of dark background (c) Tucker Carlson speaking in front of blurry brown background (r)
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Conspiracy theorists think Ukraine demanded that Elon Musk delete Tucker Carlson’s Twitter

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Mondays our Tech Reporter Mikael Thalen debunks the most wild conspiracy theories swirling around the web in his “One Dumb Conspiracy” 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.


🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🗣️ This McDonald’s worker is getting a lot of attention after mocking what “loud” drive-thru customers sound like on headsets

👙 A Target worker says she refuses to work in the style department after customers left the swimsuit section a complete mess

🍴 In a viral video posted to TikTok, a group of Cracker Barrel workers revealed the customer habits they “love to hear” while serving.

💵 A delivery driver has made 2,000 deliveries on UberEats and DoorDash, and is going viral for her thoughts about customers and tipping

🌈 Start your movie night binge-fest with some of the best LGBTQ movies and series you can stream right now on Amazon Prime.

🍲 A TikToker is going viral for sharing how he and his friends get a steep discount on Whole Foods hot bar boxes.

💼 Would you put in a fake 2-weeks’ notice just to get a pay raise?

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

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👋 Before you go

If you’ve ever worked in the food service industry, prepare for a cathartic experience.

TikTok creator Grace (@looneytooneyyy) recently posted a comedic clip about restaurant life captioned, “most annoying thing customers can do.” It currently has 1.3 million likes and 5.8 million views, so you could say it’s hit a nerve.

customer speaking with caption 'most annoying things customers can do' (l) sever speaking with caption 'most annoying things customers can do' (c) customer speaking with caption 'most annoying things customers can do' (r)
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