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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Aug 30, 2023   Updated on Aug 31, 2023, 8:21 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 woman alarming people online by using a Chuck E. Cheese card to open a hotel room door, a Spirit Halloween worker exposing secrets about working at the seasonal retailer, debunking claims that the cast of The Vampire Diaries got arrested for flashing people on a bridge, and a look back at the time Gov. Ron DeSantis was mocked for wearing white boots

After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has a “Now Streaming” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘It’s the magnetic strip… or the electronic card itself… it’s all very scary tho!!!!’: Guest uses Chuck E. Cheese card to get into hotel

A woman alarmed people online by successfully using a Chuck E. Cheese card to get into her hotel room.


‘The package is different because it’s from 2014 and no one’s bought it’: Former worker exposes Spirit Halloween

What’s it really like working for the seasonal retailer


No, the ‘Vampire Diaries’ cast didn’t get arrested for flashing people on a bridge

A widely shared set of mugshots featuring several cast members of the long-running series The Vampire Diaries went viral, leading to plenty of jokes about the photos themselves and a writer for that franchise to push back against the story behind those photos.


Remembering the time Ron DeSantis wore white boots

The boots were made for mocking.


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📺 Now Streaming

By Michelle Jaworski
Staff Reporter

(l-r) idina menzel, samantha lorraine, adam sandler, sunny sandler, and sadie sandler in you are so not invited to my bat mitzvah
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‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ joins the echelon of preteen coming-of-age movies

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🕸️ Crawling the web

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👋 Before you go

“It’s all you can eat, not all you can waste.” You’ve probably seen that message in buffet restaurants over the years. While it’s understood that the food is meant to be eaten at the restaurant, maybe you’ve had a little devil on your shoulder whisper to bring a to-go container so you can take some home.

TikToker Bailie Rae (@bailierae.k) must’ve been persuaded to do so during her recent visit to a buffet restaurant by sneaking in some Tupperware containers and seeing if she could get the food out without arousing the ire and suspicion of employees.

She documented the attempt in a video that begins with her sneakily extricating a reusable to-go container from a purse. The clip then transitions to an under-the-table view of the action, showing Bailie Rae putting sushi piece by piece into the Tupperware, which she partially covers with a bag as she drops the food into it.

woman at booth in buffet with caption 'When you go to an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and take home leftovers' (l) woman placing food inside Tupperware container on restaurant booth seat (c) woman holding Tupperware containers of buffet food outside (r)
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*First Published: Aug 30, 2023, 10:30 am CDT