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

We’re starting off the week with some key reports on why your Gmail spam filter has been iffy lately (hopefully this newsletter isn’t in your spam folder! 😉), an unusual Instacart order, Warner Bros. launching a movie NFT platform, and a Dunkin’ Halloween donut fail

After that, we’ve got our “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael

See you on the internet!

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Has your Gmail spam filter gone to sh*t recently? You aren’t alone

Anecdotal evidence from Gmail users suggests that something changed with Gmail’s spam filter settings in recent weeks, resulting in the email provider letting through messages that would otherwise never make their way out of a user’s spam folder.


‘You can clearly tell that this was cut open and then taped, which is really sketchy to me’: Instacart customer says they received tampered bag of Doritos with order

In a series of videos, a TikToker claims her food could be poisoned after her Instacart order arrived with an unusual bag of Doritos


Warner Bros. is launching a movie NFT platform, starting with ‘Lord of the Rings.’ But why?

It basically looks like a glorified DVD menu, but somehow more expensive.


‘I just wanted a nice jack-o-lantern donut’: Customer shows what the Dunkin’ Halloween donuts actually look like

One Dunkin’ customer is going viral for sharing what their ‘Dunk-o-Lantern’ donut actually looked like. (Spoiler: It’s nothing like they thought it would look like). 


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

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Conspiracy theorists think Biden just sang ‘Baby Shark’ on TV

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.

🍔 One McDonald’s employee is tired of people’s sauce requests messing up their workflow. 

🍻 The struggle between employees is ever-present, and one Texas Roadhouse server went viral for appearing to call out the bartenders at work for being too slow.

🌧️ A viral TikTok video shows what Starbucks baristas have to go through when there’s both rain and hail outside their store.

✨ Get your fix for all things wizardry with the best magic movies that aren’t Fantastic Beasts.

🍴 A Denny’s server’s plea for regular diners to eat dinner at home during rushes is resonating with current and former servers.

🍕 A customer speculated in a viral TikTok that, after ordering from Pizza Hut via DoorDash, they received a pizza with a slice from a different, smaller pizza.

🍪 In a viral video, a user revealed a Subway hack: buying a bag of their frozen chocolate chip cookie dough.

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

🛏️ Unfortunately, showing up late to work can incur on-the-job penalties. A user on TikTok shared their tip for avoiding those consequences.

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👋 Before you go

Customer service nightmares are all over social media, and after one user asked TikTokers to share the “most ridiculous thing you have ever had to explain to someone in a customer service setting,” an ex-In-N-Out worker obliged.

It involved a customer wanting a “cheeseburger with no cheese,” which… is a hamburger

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