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Posted on Nov 28, 2022   Updated on Nov 29, 2022, 8:08 am CST

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

We’re back in the swing of things this week and our top stories for you today are about: people identifying with a viral video about taking job interview calls in all kinds of places, an anti-vax film testing Twitter’s misinformation polices in the wake of Elon Musk’s acquisition, an influencer accusing Disney fandom of trolling a teenager into a relapse, and workers at Blank Street Coffee starting a unionization push

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

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘Did a whole Zoom interview in our work bathroom’: Worker gets call for phone interview while at current job

A TikToker went viral after uploading a clip that speaks to a phenomenon many people seem to identify with: yearning for the opportunity to land a better job while working one you’d rather not be doing.


Anti-vax film ‘Died Suddenly’ is littered with fake claims, testing boundaries of Musk’s Twitter

The film is filled with footage of fainting individuals who never actually died.


Influencer’s overdose death sparks accusations of toxic Disney fandoms, harassment

Ava Louise says harassment contributed to her friend’s overdose.


Workers at the venture capital-backed coffee chain Blank Street are trying to unionize

Blank Street Coffee, a venture capital-backed coffee chain that has become increasingly popular in recent months, is getting hit with a union push.


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💰 In a longstanding battle between TikTok creators and bold tipping practices, one creator’s video about iPad tipping at a Starbucks location is resonating with viewers.

📞 A customer service representative went viral on TikTok after recounting a story about rude a customer who talked down to her.

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👋 Before you go

A Dollar Tree worker went viral on TikTok after revealing the massive piles of boxes his manager allegedly requested he unpacks in just one week.

The video was uploaded by user @thefunkiestfella as he records the back room of the Dollar Tree location.

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*First Published: Nov 28, 2022, 11:00 am CST