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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Dec 21, 2022   Updated on Dec 22, 2022, 7:09 am CST

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

Our top stories today are about: a creepy discovery at an Airbnb that is going viral, an explainer on why Uber drivers went on strike, a “nightmare” Bath & Body Works order experience, and how the Proud Boys asked their supporters to fast during their Capitol Riot trial

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

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

🏠 VIRAL
‘Just leave it’s not worth it’: Guests discover creepy secret basement in Airbnb

In a moment straight out of a horror movie, a TikToker and his friends allegedly discovered their Airbnb came with a hidden bonus—in the form of a sinister basement.

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🚗 LABOR
‘They can’t bear to see us get a raise’: Uber drivers launch 24-hour strike after company sues to stop fare increases

Uber drivers in New York City are striking in response to the company suing to block a ruling requiring Uber to pay drivers more.

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🕯️ RETAIL
Woman shares ‘nightmare’ Bath & Body Works order experience after LaserShip botched delivery

A user online has sparked discussion after claiming they are no longer ordering from Bath & Body Works due in large part to the delivery service they use, LaserShip.

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➡️ FAR-RIGHT
Proud Boys supporters plan to fast during leadership’s upcoming Capitol riot trial

The Proud Boys are asking their supporters to skip meals to improve their leaders’ chances of prevailing during their trial for sedition that began recently. 

 READ MORE


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📺 Now Streaming

By Michelle Jaworski

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The ‘Avatar’ discourse is repeating itself with the sequel’s debut

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Wednesdays our Culture Reporters Audra Schroeder and Michelle Jaworski review or analyze the latest streaming content in their “Now Streaming” 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 user on TikTok has sparked discussion after claiming that they were fired via text message after being accused of calling out sick to go on a date.

🎯 In a video with over 5.5 million views, a TikToker who is wearing a red hoodie can be seen answering a question from a Target customer. They are not a Target employee.

🛍️ A new DoorDash driver posted a message for the popular food delivery service online, imploring the company to give drivers an option to rate customers.

‼️ A Twitch streamer is facing harsh criticism online for his response to a viewer and streamer who told him during his stream that her mom died.

⚽ From the Daily Dot’s ‘Presser‘ vertical:”How the digital public square contributed to NWSL’s great reckoning.”

🥡 As food delivery apps have proliferated, this once-simple process has become more complicatedand more expensive.

🦠 From the Daily Dot archive: “Here are the viral marketing campaigns that helped shape the internet as we know it.” 


👋 Before you go

TikTok user Ku’uipo Dawn (@Kuuipodawn) was caught in the crosshairs of a ‘Karen’ situation while outside with her toddler daughter. In the video which has amassed over 11.1 million views, a woman off-camera accuses Ku’uipo of being a bad mother.

The ‘Karen’ in questionjumped to drastic conclusions about Dawn’s parenting, saying in the clip, “What kind of mother puts a coat on themselves and not their daughter?” Dawn tries explaining that they were simply walking to the car, but was cut off.

woman outside caption 'We literally just dropped off food for my sister at her school and was walking back to the car when this Karen started yelling at me' (l) little kid walking outside while drinking from straw caption 'We literally just dropped off food for my sister at her school and was walking back to the car when this Karen started yelling at me' (c) 'We literally just dropped off food for my sister at her school and was walking back to the car when this Karen started yelling at me' (r)
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*First Published: Dec 21, 2022, 11:00 am CST