Former NASA engineer gets revenge on porch pirates with glitter bomb

Oscar PerryDec 19, 2018

Following an experience where he had an item stolen from his front door, former NASA engineer Mark Rober made a decision to take matters into his own hands.

YouTuber Mark Rober was sick of thieves nabbing packages from his front porch, so he designed a massive glitter bomb set to deploy when the culprits opened the stolen box.

This is when he decided he would create a device, disguised as an Apple Homepod, that would only be activated when thieves hacked into its surrounding package.

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.

In a video posted on his channel, the 38-year-old, who helped design the USA space agency's Curiosity Rover, said his engineering experience left him well-placed to "take a stand" after dismissive police left him feeling "powerless".

A security camera still frame of one of the thieves stealing the camera trap bait package
A security camera still frame of one of the thieves stealing the camera trap bait package

The glitter bomb decoy package is powered by four Android phones. A Global Positioning System tracker in the phones would let him know where a package ultimately ended up.

The thieves' reactions when they open the boxes are fantastic and mostly very amusing.

In keeping with the holiday season, he even drew inspiration from his "hero" and fellow prankster, "Home Alone's" Kevin McCallister, including his name on the box's fake delivery label. When they open the stolen "package" it sprays them with a fog of fine glitter and five squirts of fart spray.

Viral: The video has more than 6 million views.

After thieves take the package, the phones record footage of the thieves getting glitter bombed, which is hilarious.

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