Rockstar imposters, unwanted G-Wagons & Metaverse parade fail 👀🍿🧃
And the Fyre Fest of basketball tournaments
If you’re in a post-holiday slump, we have some VERY juicy stories below (my favorite one being this first one.
“Grifter Boasts of Fraud ‘More Wild’ Than ‘Inventing Anna’”- THIS. IS. INSANE.
“TikTok Pink Sauce Finally Hits the Market, Is Orange”- This grift continues to fail upwards.
“The Great G-Wagen Sell-Off”- This is a (possible) effect of the crypto crash I didn’t see coming. It’s also a good time to snipe a McLaren.
On the subject of sad crypto folks, the article is behind a paywall but this tweet sums up how Miami nightclubs are hurting too:
“Mercedes-Benz to introduce acceleration subscription fee”- First BMW with the heated seat subscription and now this? Dystopian.
“A leaked Amazon memo may help explain why the tech giant is pushing out so many recruiters”- As someone who definitely presents better in-person vs. on a resume, I don’t love this direction.
“Bankman-Fried Apologizes to FTX Employees, Details Amount of Leverage in Internal Letter”- This “apology” is akin to an arsonist apologizing for freezing up after the building was already engulfed in flames.
“Antrim man among 8 jailed over ‘bloodbath’ wedding brawl that caused €20k damage”- I’ll never complain again about family drama.
“Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker getting tax break in 2022 on Texas home intended for primary residence”- I am genuinely confused about why this discovery isn’t causing total chaos in Georgia (or anywhere, for that matter). This seems… like a huge problem?
“Why the worst recipes imaginable are blowing up on TikTok”- Another weird and great piece by Jessica— and I’m thankful for now knowing the term “rage-bait” exists.
“Parisian Gallery’s Owners Sentenced to Jail After Stolen Picasso Scandal”- Chapter closed on this art heist. Also a reminder that Picasso died in 1973, which still blows my mind for some reason.
“Faking the Funk: How Bootsy Collins Impostors Pulled Off the Ultimate Music Biz Scam”- This is a fascinating read about rock ‘n roll grifts.
“Developer who bilked condo buyers in Coachella resort scam gets 20 years in prison”- If you want more background on this insane story, Scamfluencers has an *incredible* episode about this woman.
“Macy’s ‘tragic’ Metaverse Thanksgiving Day Parade left me worried for the future – 2023 balloon contest couldn’t save it”- Oof. Can’t anticipate they’ll host that again next year.
“United Furniture Industries Fired Thousands via Text, Email as They Slept”- It’s infuriating how poorly and heartlessly companies approach layoffs.
“People Are Calling An Influencer Out For An "Out Of Touch" TikTok Where She Said She Was Going To A Luxury Hotel Because Her Hot Water Stopped Working”- She couldn’t have been surprised about the chilly reception to her video 🥁💥
“Aussie TikTok star confronts fans at the World Cup and accuses them of being 'fake' - as speculation grows Qatar paid people to be there”- Well, regardless if they’re being paid or not— they’ll certainly be sober.
“Woman sues Kraft Heinz for $5million claiming the $10.99 Velveeta Shells & Cheese cups take longer to prepare than the 3 ½ minutes it says on the label”- This woman gets an A for effort in chasing a payout but also wtf.
“Russo Brothers to Helm FTX Crypto Scandal Limited Series For Prime Video”- We called it last week, definitely didn’t think it’d be in the works so quickly!
“A Las Vegas women’s college basketball tournament provided a court, and almost nothing else”- Imagine expecting the first and getting the second 💀:
More Serious Stories
We realize some of these can be triggering for some readers, so feel free to skip!
“Set Adrift”- Realize this title doesn’t have much context so TL;DR: two men started following a Youtuber that convinced them that the devil was destroying society (COVID being part of this plan) so they got on a sailboat to go somewhere safe and it didn’t end well.
Who are these marketing/ad execs coming up with and green-lighting ideas like this?
“Balenciaga apologizes for ads with kids holding teddy bears in b0nd@ge gear”
“After teddy bear backlash, Balenciaga announces lawsuit for separate ad”
“Kim Kardashian is torched for refusing to cut ties with Balenciaga over BD$M child photo scandal as furious fans label her response insincere after she stages impromptu fashion shoot in skimpy hotpants”
And Kim’s ex continues to make headlines for despicable behavior:
“Adidas employees raised concerns about Ye’s conduct for years, report says”
“Kanye West made a Yeezy designer sit on the floor during an hours-long meeting and told her she didn't 'deserve to sit at the table,' report says”
“Adidas Is Investigating Claims That Kanye West Showed P0rn0graphy And Intimate Photos Of Kim Kardashian To Its Employees”
“‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’”
“Meta hit with ~$275M GDPR penalty for Facebook data-scraping breach”
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