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Posted on Sep 6, 2022   Updated on Sep 6, 2022, 12:01 pm CDT

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

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend! We’re back in the swing of things  and strangely there was a lot of coffee news today. Maybe we all need a pick me up after the long weekend?

Our top stories are about a TikTok security vulnerability, a pumpkin spice latte mystery, a “Karen” caught on video at a Dunkin’, and a right-wing conspiracy theory

After that, our Politics Reporter Mikael has got his weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column… about Starbucks. I told you it was a lot of coffee news.  

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

TikTok vulnerability could have let hackers take over your account with just one click

The bug affected at least 1.5 billion TikTok users across the globe.


Starbucks customer’s video on Pumpkin Spice Lattes tasting different sparks speculation

With the return of the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks, users online are wondering, “Is something different?” It turns out that something does appear to be different


Karen demands Dunkin’ workers pick up her credit card, tells them she’ll call ISIS on them

A woman was captured yelling at Dunkin’ employees and telling them she’ll “call ISIS on” them in a viral video.


A reporter being on the Supreme Court’s press list fuels inane right-wing conspiracy he leaked abortion ruling

Conservatives on Twitter are falsely identifying the leaker of the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision as a Slate reporter thanks to him being on the Supreme Court’s press release list.


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

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Conspiracy theorists think Starbucks is ushering in the end of the world by going cashless

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.

🍺 A bartender has caught a lot of attention after she claimed she could evaluate different types of boyfriends based on the type of beer they order

📹 In a viral series of videos, a McDonald’s employee said she caught her co-workers and managers spying on her through a security camera

🍴 A restaurant manager is going viral for sharing how she subtly calls out customers who don’t tip

💼 What is the most toxic thing someone in a leadership position has ever said to you in the workplace? 

🧸 Gather the family for some G-rated fun. These are the best kids’ TV shows that are actually good.

🗣️ A user on TikTok has gone viral for airing his grievances about popular fast-casual restaurant Chipotle.

🌐 These students are ditching college to run an NFT business.

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👋 Before you go

Can you imagine getting a $6,000 bill from your phone company? Well, one TikToker is going viral for sharing their enormous bill from AT&T. “I wish this was a joke,” she wrote in the text overlay of her video, which has now been viewed more than 519,000 times. 

AT&T payment screen (l) AT&T storefront (c) 'Activity since last bill' screen with caption 'Why is it that much?' (r)
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*First Published: Sep 6, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT