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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 barista recounting some of the most ridiculous encounters she’s had with customers, New York City killing its free internet plan, how people online are being criticized for posting their Wordle score amid a one-day strike at the New York Times, and a food service worker sharing a “hack” for finding the freshest food at the airport.
After that, we’ve got our weekly “This Week on the Internet” column from our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany.
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⚡ Today’s top stories
‘I would go insane within a few days’: Barista shares ridiculous everyday customer interactions
A barista went viral after sharing some of what she calls the most ridiculous encounters she’s had with customers.
New York City kills its ambitious free internet plan
The project aimed to provide internet to over one million New Yorkers.
‘Scab’: Wordle scores ratioed on Twitter as New York Times goes on strike
Employees of the New York Times asked readers to boycott its website and digital offerings, including Wordle, while they underwent a one-day strike on Thursday. But some people weren’t willing to sacrifice their streaks.
Food service worker shares how to pick the freshest food at airport
When buying food at the airport, it can be difficult to tell which of the many prepackaged items is the freshest. Now, a TikTok user has sparked a discussion with her own take on how to find the freshest airport food.
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🎁 Gift guides
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🗣️ This Week on the Internet
Lensa’s AI avatars shows how easily we will hand over our photos to an app
In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Fridays our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly recaps the most pressing online discourse of the week in her “This Week On The Internet” 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 TikToker is going viral for sharing how a gas station has a door that verifies IDs for purchasing alcohol.
☕ A Starbucks barista’s excitement over a new tipping method has caught the eye of more than 300,000 people on TikTok.
🔍 From the Daily Dot archive: Telegram is supercharging conspiracy theories across the planet.
😧 Dove Spray Antiperspirant is allegedly causing cysts in multiple women’s underarms including her own, according to a woman on TikTok.
🦵 A woman’s video showing a salon employee allegedly using plain printer paper to wax her legs has raised several eyebrows online, where viewers are stunned to see it.
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💸 This TikToker is sounding the alarm about deceptive price hikes for Black Friday sales.
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📅 Meme of the Week
Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega has become part of a meme where people “reveal” fake interests and hobbies of the actress.
*First Published: Dec 9, 2022, 11:00 am CST
Andrew Wyrich is the newsletter editor at the Daily Dot. He previously served as the deputy tech editor. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).