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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
We’re kicking off the week with top stories about: A viral video claiming that bi-weekly checks at work are designed to trick workers, a customer calling out “ghost kitchens” on delivery apps, a woman claiming hotel workers tried to steal her Grubhub order, and tech experts asking the Supreme Court to rule that Section 230 applies to algorithmic recommendations.
After that we’ve got our “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
💵 WORK DYSTOPIA
‘Bi-weekly paychecks should be illegal’: Worker says bi-weekly check was designed to trick workers into thinking they are making more
A worker went viral on TikTok after calling out bi-weekly pay periods, saying they’re designed to trick workers.
‘Ghost kitchens are getting out of control’: Customer calls out ‘fake restaurants’ that have same address as IHOP on DoorDash
With the growth of delivery apps has come a concurrent rise in “ghost kitchens”— restaurants with no physical presence outside of food delivery.
‘They took the bags out of my hands’: Woman says hotel she is staying at tried to steal her Grubhub McDonald’s order
A woman on TikTok says staff members at the hotel she is staying in tried to steal her Grubhub order.
Tech experts ask Supreme Court to rule that Section 230 protections apply to algorithmic recommendations
Experts asked the Court to rule that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act applies to recommended content.
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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy
Fake CNN headline on Damar Hamlin fools conspiracy theorists
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.
🥣 This Panera customer is going viral for calling out the chain for giving her “plain a** broth” for $7 instead of soup.
🍴 In a viral video, a server revealed how they prefer customers leave the table when they are done with a meal.
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👀 A McDonald’s worker recently revealed that the chain can supposedly make an item not publicized on its menu: churros.
🛎️ After she had already gone through the process of being hired as a front desk receptionist, a woman on TikTok says she was replaced by another candidate before she could even start.
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💵 A former Kohl’s worker says they were accused of “stealing” and fired after a customer gave them $30 in Kohl’s Cash.
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👋 Before you go
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*First Published: Jan 23, 2023, 10:00 am CST
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