Published: Wed, December 19, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

YouTuber rigs glitter and fart-spray bomb to catch porch pirates

YouTuber rigs glitter and fart-spray bomb to catch porch pirates

An ex-NASA engineer created a glitter bomb Amazon package decoy to catch porch thieves in the act.

As many as 30 percent of Americans say they've suffered from missing or stolen delivery orders, according to a survey by Xfinity Home, Comcast's home security service.

Mark Rober, an engineer for NASA, came up with a sparkling, ingenius solution to stop bandits with a glitter bomb disguised as a parcel.

Over the course of several months, he worked with a friend to create the flawless package thief trap, complete with custom silicon, fart spray, and projectile glitter.

"If you've ever been in a situation like this, you just sort of feel violated", Rober said, "and I took this to the police, and even with the video evidence, they said it's just not worth their time to look into - so you also feel powerless".

Rober said he felt compelled to make the prank after experiencing firsthand the harm caused by so-called porch pirates - thieves who steal packages from homeowners' doorsteps. However, authorities have been slow to respond and the Federal Bureau of Investigation now keeps no national statistics on the issue.

Rober spent several months creating a fake package that, once opened, showers a thief with glitter and a fart spray that would deploy the moment it's opened. Oh, and it included multiple phones that would record the thieves reactions and upload it to the internet. Remember the great way he foiled the robberies of Harry and Marv?

Viral: The video has more than 6 million views.

Mark was able to see the actual moment the thief opened the package IN HIS CAR!

Moral of the story: Don't steal other people's packages!

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