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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Sep 13, 2022   Updated on Sep 14, 2022, 9:34 am CDT

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

We crawled the web today and have some key reports for you including: a viral warning about an Apple scam, a flurry of speculation about why Trump flew to D.C., criticism that an upcoming Captain America film is facing online, and a viral Best Buy horror story

After that, our IRL Reporter Tricia has her weekly “Problematic on TikTok” column. Down below, we’ve got a story about a really absurd job application question that is going viral. 

That’s a lot to get through! See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

iPhone user sounds alarm on new Advanced Protection scam

An iPhone user on TikTok says he was targeted by hackers posing as Apple this week as part of a high-level scam and is warning others about it


Golfing or arresting Joe Biden—Trump flew to D.C. for something and the internet has theories

The apparently unannounced trip set off a flurry of speculation online about why he is in the nation’s capital.


‘Captain America: New World Order’ faces criticism for its controversial title and casting choices

Sharing a title with a famous antisemitic conspiracy theory, ‘New World Order‘ also introduces an Israeli military superhero.


Actor Diego Tinoco urges consumers to avoid Best Buy, LG Electronics, after Geek Squad agent allegedly broke his TV

Diego Tinoco, an actor posted a now-viral TikTok calling out Best Buy and LG Electronics for a poor experience that he says cost him $3,000 total.


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😬 Problematic on TikTok

By Tricia Crimmins

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TikTokers call out those using Gabbie Hanna TikTok sounds

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Tuesdays our IRL Reporter Tricia Crimmins breaks down the trends on the popular app that will make you cringe in her “Problematic on TikTok” 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 user on TikTok has gone viral after alleging they found something resembling feces in their Subway sandwich.

☕ A TikToker is getting attention after claiming that quitting her corporate job to work as a barista has left her “…happier, more grounded” and “more financially secure.”

🍴 Here’s what you should never do in a restaurant, according to a server’s viral video

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☎️ In a viral video, a TikToker shared a video of themselves crying while on a call for their job working at a call center

⌛ An Uber Eats customer detailed her three-hour wait for her Chick-fil-A order, only for her food to allegedly arrive in less-than-ideal shape.

💼 A hybrid worker is going viral for filming his disappointment when no one showed up to the office on an in-person work day. 

🌐 Is there a First Amendment right to assemble in the metaverse?

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👋 Before you go

Talk about some work dystopia. A viral video shows a job application asking for an explanation as to why the creator was unemployed during the time they were an elementary school student

When the prompt asked for more information about the time of their “unemployment,” the TikToker wrote “I was 5” in the text box. 

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*First Published: Sep 13, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT