Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Our top stories today are about: A company facing a whirlwind of social media shame after firing a man who asked for time off after his mother died, why Gov. Ron DeSantis is being called “Booger Bob” online, why everyone was cracking jokes online after New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured, and a look at why the obsession over a certain character in Ahsoka is emblematic of everything wrong with fan theory culture.
After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has a “Now Streaming” column for you.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘Absolutely shameful’: Company blasted with negative reviews after firing man who requested time off to grieve mom
An interior design company is facing a whirlwind of social media shame after allegedly firing a man who asked for extra time off after his mother died.
‘Booger Bob’: DeSantis’ snotty 9/11 memorial moment grosses out viewers, reminds people how often he wipes his nose in public
A video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) wiping his nose and then holding his hand next to his mouth led to accusations online he was semi-discreetly eating his own boogers at a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
While his injury is dire news for Rodgers, reactions on social media were far from sympathetic. In fact, many fans took the opportunity to crack jokes about Rodgers’s anti-vaxxer reputation.
Fans were obsessed with turning Marrok’s identity into a solvable mystery. But why?
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By Michelle Jaworski
Pablo Larraín delivers biting satire in Netflix’s ‘El Conde’
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🥩 You wouldn’t think anybody who eats meat would turn their nose up at a steak dinner. After all, steak is steak. But when a video showing a full-course meal featuring a steak bought at Dollar Tree went viral, many viewers got snobby.
👞 A viral video posted by a local waitress and server showcases her co-workers stapling their torn shoes back together because “payday is still a week away.”
🗣️ An in-person front desk worker issued a PSA to remote workers in a viral video, telling them to have at least one conversation before they enter a public place so they can extinguish any nervous energy.
💰 A Twin Peaks server who chronicled a number of her shifts on TikTok just left her job—but made more than $2,000 in her final 14-hour shift.
🥤 One Jamba Juice customer has taken to TikTok to share his complaints about the chain’s increase in price, with a small smoothie coming in at $8.
🍔 A McDonald’s customer was miffed to discover that some locations automatically upgrade items to a large if customers don’t specify a size.
🐕 A Big Lots shopper was incensed to learn that the same exact dog treats she purchased were being offered at Dollar Tree for significantly less.
👮 From the Daily Dot archive: A background check company is secretly paying cops on TikTok to push its services.
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👋 Before you go
At a time when many are searching for work, job applicants today are being hit with more and more requirements before they can land a job.
After one has gone through multiple failed attempts at securing a job, it can be tempting to complete more arduous tasks in the hopes that doing so will improve your employment prospects. However, this is not the case, warns TikTok user Alessandra (@workwithalessandra).
In a video with over 157,000 views, Alessandra notes that some employers will ask applicants to complete massive, unpaid projects. This, she says, is not acceptable.
“Don’t fall for this,” she says of pre-employment projects. “It is literally just a way to steal creative ideas from you.”
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