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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Aug 26, 2023   Updated on Aug 28, 2023, 7:12 am CDT

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

I’m going to a fantasy football draft today. (I came in second last year, I don’t want to talk about it). I hope you’ve got some fun plans also!  

Anyway, our top stories today are about: A movie theater worker going viral for showing an unusual snack someone smuggled into a showing, how presidential hopeful Chis Christie said teachers unions are a bigger threat to the U.S. than UFOs, why an unburnt umbrella is at the center of Hawaii wildfire conspiracies, and a tenant sharing her hack for getting her Wi-Fi bill down to just $10

After that, we’ve got a “One Good Thing” mini-column for you. I haven’t forgotten the readers who asked us to highlight more of the “best” of the internet

Meanwhile, down below we’ve got a story about a Chick-fil-A employee saying a manger made them go through a “sock check.” 

Our Assistant Editor Kira will be guiding you through the news on Monday, so I’ll see you next week

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I don’t know if they were going to make guacamole on the fly’: Movie theater worker finds avocados that guests left behind in theater

A movie theater worker is going viral for sharing how she found an unusual snack that was smuggled into a showing: two avocados


Chris Christie says teachers unions are a bigger threat to the U.S. than UFOs

It’s a bold claim.


Why an image of an unburnt umbrella is at the center of Hawaii wildfire conspiracies

One conspiracy theory that picked up traction online was the idea that the fires were actually started by laser beams from the sky.


‘My promotion deal for Xfinity expired, and I went from paying $60 a month to paying $90 a month’: Tenant hack gets $10 Wi-Fi bill

In a trending video, one woman detailed her clever approach to significantly reducing her monthly expenses, like her Xfinity bill.


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TikToker shares PSA about the hottest free streaming service, Kanopy
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TikToker shares PSA about the hottest free streaming service, Kanopy. All you need is a library card

TikTok creator Lorraine Fisher (@lorraine..fisher) recently posted a video to clue viewers into Kanopy, a free streaming service available to many people through their public library.

The video has 2 million views and almost 204,000 likes.

“If you live in an area near a library, and it’s easy for you to get a library card, you have access to a free streaming service I swear no one knows about,” Fisher says in the video, “with hundreds, maybe thousands of free TV shows and movies you can watch for free.”

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Libraries offer so much!” Fisher said.


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🛒 In a viral video, a Aldi shopper shared how she spends only $30 a week on groceries and still gets by. 

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🥛 A Starbucks barista had to make a mad dash to Walmart in the middle of a busy customer rush after her store ran out of milk. Her video of the trip has gone viral, with many people sharing similar situations they have been in

💸 This McDonald’s customer is going viral for saying that she’s “broke” but has more than 14,000 points on the fast food chain’s app. 

🍔 A woman has gone viral on TikTok for saying Burger King’s newest menu item will bring the heat onto its biggest competitor.

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👋 Before you go

Chick-fil-A employee revealed that a manager put her and other employees through a “sock check”—which she failed because she had the wrong color socks on.

The confession on TikTok went up Aug. 5 from Chick-fil-A worker and content creator @dreauhhhlol, who got more than 299,500 views for the offering, on an account that includes some work content and some weightlifting content.

Wearing a Chick-fil-A uniform, including a nametag reading “Andrea,” she begins her tale. “Don’t know if y’all know this, but Chick-fil-A has a sock check. So I’m like two days in right? And then my manager comes up to me and she was like, ‘Sock check.’”

And I was like, ‘What the f*ck?‘” she exclaims. “‘Cause usually you hear like ‘drip check.’”

Chick-fil-a sock check
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*First Published: Aug 26, 2023, 10:30 am CDT