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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 8, 2023   Updated on Aug 9, 2023, 7:11 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: A couple warning about how they were “scammed into buying a $30,000 vacation,” how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was heckled with jeers and boos during a recent speech in front of his own constituents, a look at what Oppenheimer left out about Jean Tatlock, and an Amazon driver detailing how his GPS led him to get stuck in mud in a cornfield

After that, we’ve got a “Problematic on TikTok” column from our IRL Reporter Tricia

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I was scammed into buying a $30,000 vacation’: Couple signs up for ‘platinum’ vacation. Then she Googles the company

A content creator and her boyfriend had gone to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to enjoy a little fun on the beach. But according to her, they both found themselves the victims of a vacation scam.


Mitch McConnell’s constituents drowned out his speech with vociferous demand he step down

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was heckled with jeers, boos, and chants to “retire” during a speech in his home state of Kentucky.


‘I’m still out here waiting for roadside assistance’: Amazon GPS leads driver to cornfield where he gets stuck in mud. He’s stranded

An Amazon delivery driver went viral when he posted a series of videos documenting how he got stuck in a cornfield.


What ‘Oppenheimer’ left out about Jean Tatlock

Many details about her life are not shown in the Christopher Nolan film.


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😬 Problematic on TikTok

By Tricia Crimmins

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🏨 One woman is calling out Comfort Inn & Suites after she says she was scammed out of her cash deposit by the hotel’s worker.

🧼 In this economy, it’s important to find ways to lower your household expenses and one TikToker recently went viral after showing users how to get free containers of Bath and Body Works soap.

🚽 In a Reddit post, a Walmart worker said their boss retaliated against them for taking a bathroom break they deemed too long.

🛒 Getting through checkout at Costco isn’t as simple as you might think.

🦈 Heading to the beach this summer? Think again. These shark movies may make you want to stay on dry land for just a bit longer.

🚙 In a viral video, a Denver man shows how his car’s front window was smashed in by the automatic carwash, stoking fears among viewers.

💼 An entrepreneur went viral after sharing that she added salary information to every full-time job she has listed on her LinkedIn page.

🛍️ From the Daily Dot archive: #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt: Why TikTok shopping isnow the ordinary.

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👋 Before you go

Instacart customers can be demanding.

Two months ago, an Instacart driver went viral after claiming that a customer requested that their milk be delivered at a temperature “40 degrees or below.”

A month before that, in May, a Reddit post showing a very picky customer got shared around the internet. The customer in question made odd requests such as asking for grape tomatoes that would last for 3 to 4 weeks and eggs that would last for two months.

Now, another customer’s peculiar request has gone viral. In a Reddit post entitled “Insta-cancel,” Redditor u/Hannerlore shares a wild series of demands they received from a customer.

very long Instacart dm (l) Instacart worker (c) customer support message that reads 'oh wow. i read that'
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*First Published: Aug 8, 2023, 10:30 am CDT