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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 about: a viral video about working in retail that is resonating with people online, a review of the new Netflix film Sr., a person recounting how they were scammed right before a Friendsgiving, and Chinese protesters detailing the issues they’ve faced.
After that, we’ve got a “Dirty Delete” column from our Politics Reporter Claire.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘Retail is literally the worst job’: Worker shares ‘horrible’ experience working in retail
A TikToker created a sketch that touches on the unrealistic expectations she presumably experienced while working in retail, and viewers are resonating with her experience.
Netflix’s ‘Sr.’ is a personal (albeit unfocused) view into a beloved counterculture director
A loving portrait of a father spearheaded by his famous son.
Customer says she was scammed by Instacart shopper 2 hours before Friendsgiving
Sometimes, orders on apps go off without a hitch. Other times, as one TikTok user recently learned, things don’t go according to plan.
‘They are deleting our images’: Chinese protesters detail digital censorship, VPN struggles as fight over COVID lockdowns grows
A number of protesters spoke to the Daily Dot about their fight against the state.
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🗳️ Dirty Delete
Ye implodes his career for a hopeless presidential bid
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
☘️ A former McDonald’s employee went viral after claiming that a customer ordered 350 Shamrock Shakes at 6am.
🍴 This restaurant server is getting attention for sharing all of the things that pissed her off in just one day.
🔬 From our friends at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot’s creator economy newsletter: “Science creators and brand partnerships: Can the two co-exist?”
🎅🏼 The best holiday gift ideas for your coworkers (even your boss) are right here in this gift guide!*
📦 A TikToker sparked a viral conversation about the churn-and-burn nature of human resources and employee turnover at Amazon.
🔥 This woman is sharing a money-saving hack for when a landlord sticks you with a heating bill.
⚰️ From the Daily Dot archive: Here are the real-life stakes of faking your death online.
🏥 One TikToker and nurse explained why she walked out mid-shift due to understaffing.
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👋 Before you go
Male ‘Karens’ are slowly increasing and have made their way across social media. In a viral TikTok, a Chick-fil-A customer filmed another customer, dubbed a ‘male Karen,’ in action in a three-part video.
The series was uploaded by user @shadedbeautybylala, where the first video shows two customers in line at a Chick-fil-A, engaged in a heated argument.
*First Published: Dec 8, 2022, 11:00 am CST
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