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Posted on Oct 26, 2022   Updated on Oct 27, 2022, 6:39 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 for you today and our top stories are: a breakdown on how a TikTok famous emu caused hysteria online, a viral video about an Uber horror story, a look at how many customers are left behind as mass transit goes digital, and a report on how two far-righters pled guilty to a 2020 election robocall scheme

After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle has her “Now Streaming” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Owner of viral TikTok emu criticized for cuddling bird amid bird flu outbreak

An emu who became TikTok-famous for interrupting his owner’s video is at the center of a heated debate about whether the emu should’ve been euthanized after a recent brush with avian influenza.


‘The ride seemed totally normal’: Woman says her Uber driver later broke into her home

A woman says her Uber driver broke into her home and showed footage of him in her apartment.


As mass transit systems go digital, many consumers are left at the station

An app on your phone isn’t the same as a token in your wallet.


Jacob Wohl pleads guilty to robocall charges, could face a year in jail

Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman pled guilty to a case stemming from a robocall scheme they carried out in the weeks before the 2020 election


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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍿 Movie theater snacks are famously known to be overpriced. Some podcast hosts went viral on TikTok after revealing how their snacks were a grand total of over $300.

☕ Is the morning shift the best shift while working at a coffee shop? 

🥗 A customer put Whole Foods on blast for being too expensive, noting that her lunch cost $22

💻 This remote worker is going viral for sharing the relatable feeling of gearing up for a Microsoft Teams meeting only to contribute a “thanks” at the end of it. 

♻️ Eco-friendly, sustainable, biodegradable…what do these words actually mean? Here’s a beginner’s guide to going green.

💼 A man went viral on TikTok after recounting an experience with a company that can be seen as red flag in a potential employer.

🍔 TikTokers have a message for fast food lovers: Burger King is good, actually.

🌐 Meet the users fighting NFT-based hate speech on the new internet.

🧈 This professional baker went viral after commenting on a butter shortage while shopping at Sam’s Club

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👋 Before you go

IT worker and TikToker Antrell (@TechByAntrell) ignited a litany of comments from folks who were suddenly laid off by their employers after sharing he was fired with no warning.

In his viral clip, Antrell says that he wasn’t given a solid reasoning as to why he was let go from his job in the first place, but suspects the fact that he was a new hire had something to do with it.

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*First Published: Oct 26, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT