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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Oct 31, 2022   Updated on Oct 31, 2022, 4:54 pm CDT

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

We crawled the web for you today and our top stories are about: Walmart snack robots in parking lots, a complaint alleging Amazon’s CEO violated federal labor law, a rumor about MrBeast that caused chaos in a grocery store, and the most recent “That One Sound On TikTok” column from our Senior Culture Reporter Audra. 

After that, we’ve got our weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael. Plus, I rounded up some recent horror movie reviews in case you are looking for something to watch tonight! 

P.S. — If you didn’t vote in the latest round of the Daily Dot Hall of Fame on Saturday, there’s still time! Scroll down below to see how to vote

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

🤖 VIRAL
‘But they don’t take Apple Pay in store’: Walmart deploys snack robots in parking lots. They sell 2 items and accept Apple Pay

Walmart caught headlines earlier this year when it announced it would deploy remote-controlled robots in its parking lots. Of course, one TikToker had to go check them out in action

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💻 TECH
Amazon CEO’s anti-union comments violated law, labor board says

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy violated federal labor law when he made anti-union comments during CNBC and Bloomberg interviews earlier this year, according to a recent complaint. 

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🛒 WTF
‘A cashier leaked he was going to be buying people’s groceries and they all just showed’: Rumors of MrBeast showing up at grocery store lead to chaos

A viral TikTok shows the chaotic aftermath of a purported Mr. Beast appearance at a grocery store gone wrong.

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🎵 THAT ONE SOUND
‘I’m coming back for you, baby’: Carly Rae Jepsen creates the procrastinator’s TikTok anthem

The pop girlies are currently dominating TikTok, and one song in particular has seen massive success this month, inspiring a trend for all the procrastinators.

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🏆 Who is a Hall of Famer?

It’s the fourth week of the Daily Dot Hall of Fame voting! This week, we’ve got “Deceased Icon” nominees like Harambe, Grumpy Cat, and Leeroy Jenkins

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🎬 Spooky reviews 

🎃 ‘Barbarian’ is a promising win for low-budget horror 

🎃 ‘Smile’ has some great scares—but gets lost trying to explain itself

🎃 ‘Fresh’ serves up stylized body horror on a platter

🎃 The new ‘Hellraiser’ proves it’s possible to make a good horror reboot


🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

A 3 tile image of a TikTok video concerning a patent for Adrenochrome
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A boring patent has QAnon believers convinced that the ‘elite’ are harvesting babies

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.

💸 A DoorDash customer claimed the company is “absolutely ripping people off” after finding out the prices for items are allegedly different on the platform than on the restaurant’s website.

💨 Chip bags notoriously seem to have a ton of air in them. But what if there was only air in one of your bags? 

🍕 A Domino’s Pizza worker shows himself delivering an order to an apartment complex just a few yards from the restaurant in a now-viral TikTok.

👀 This woman says she was fired from Claire’s. The only problem, she says? No one allegedly told her.

💎 This ‘champagne of pepper grinders‘ is the ultimate flex for bougie kitchens.

📦 This former Amazon employee is going viral for explaining why they quit their job after just two days

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👋 Before you go

Earlier in the year, McDonald’s announced it was bringing back its customer-favorite Halloween Pails for a limited time.

Employees were vocal about the extra work preparing these buckets involved. Now, a McDonald’s employee had gone viral after recounting the entire Halloween Pail preparation and selling process

McDonald's Halloween Happy Meal white buckets in bin caption 'mannn made me work a 10hr shift I made the whole stock out of the buckets we sold out in 2hrs' (l) McDonald's sign in front of blue sky (c) McDonald's customers waiting in line caption 'mannn made me work a 10hr shift I made the whole stock out of the buckets we sold out in 2hrs' (r)
JPstock/Shutterstock @ghostyfx/TikTok (Licensed)

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT