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

It’s the middle of the week, and our top stories for you today are about: a limit on tipping at a Chili’s restaurant that’s sparking debate, a class-action lawsuit that says Papa John’s is snooping on its website users, how Nintendo fandom want’s to “fix” the new Mario trailer, and a Starbucks worker claiming they were fired for wearing a suicide awareness pin

After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has her “Now Streaming” column where she talks about her favorite films at New York Film Festival

See you around the internet! 

— A.W. 

‘Please enter lower amount’: Chili’s kiosk refuses to let customer tip more than $12, sparking debate

A user on TikTok has gone viral after alleging that a Chili’s restaurant capped their tip amount.


Better ingredients, better trackers: Papa John’s sued for allegedly snooping on website users

A Papa John’s customer is alleging that the pizza chain tracks keystrokes and mouse clicks on its website, effectively violating federal wiretapping law, according to a class-action lawsuit.


‘Mario’ fans are already trying to ‘fix’ the new movie trailer

From replacing Chris Pratt to giving Mario a BBL, Nintendo fandom has a lot of suggestions.


Starbucks worker says he was fired for wearing a suicide awareness pin

A former Starbucks worker and union organizer has gone viral after alleging he was fired for wearing a suicide awareness pin on his apron.


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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💼 Are the laziest people at a job always promoted the fastest? One TikToker thinks so and her viral video about it has sparked a ton of discussion. 

📹 This TikToker vlogged her last day at work at Microsoft before quitting.

🥪 What started as a simple call for people to apply as sandwich artists at Subway has turned into a fierce debate after a video asking for applications went viral on TikTok.

🏠 A woman went viral on TikTok after Airbnb allegedly told her to leave the rental vacation home she was in without telling the host.

📺 Here’s why SNL‘s take on the Try Guys scandal was a total flop

🤯 This twisted collection of microgames for Nintendo Switch is the must-have WTF party game on the console.* 

🏨 A hotel worker’s video highlighting the reasons why she loves her job at Marriott has some viewers joining in to hype it up.

⚰️ Is your kid attending funerals on Roblox?

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👋 Before you go

While filming a video advocating for Chipotle, a TikToker and Chipotle employee was greeted by an unwelcome guest: a bee.

In a video with over 502,000 views, Laila begins her speech about Chipotle while eating her lunch. In the video, she begins speaking before the bee rudely interrupts her, causing her to get up and run from the camera. The bee then lands on the TikToker’s food, prompting her to swat it away.

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