YouTuber gets 'Home Alone' style revenge on package-stealing thieves

Ann Santiago
December 19, 2018

Mark Rober used to work at NASA and helped design the Curiosity Rover, but he left that job to pursue a higher calling: glitter bombing people who steal packages from his front porch.

After six months of designing and testing, the team unveiled their glitter bomb trap.

It's that time of year, where packages are constantly being stolen of the porches of their rightful owners.

"Revenge is a dish best served fabulously", according to Mark Rober. "And I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this", Rober said in a YouTube video posted Monday.

A former NASA engineer and BYU grad had his video go viral this week for creating a glitter bomb trap that tricks thieves trying to steal Christmas gifts. See the incredible reactions of several thieves when they get blasted with fabulosity and FART SPRAY (above)! When it's moved, the Global Positioning System tracker checks to see if it's no longer on the porch, if so, the four included smartphones start recording and the footage is uploaded to the cloud.


A custom circuit circuit board will check the Global Positioning System location of the package when it's moved from the porch.

As the thief opens the package, wires are tripped that cause the motor inside to start spinning, covering those nearby in glitter. Also hidden in the housing: four LG smartphones with cameras rolling to record the event.

The device was also engineered to squirt a tube of fart spray every 30 seconds.

He said in the video, "The moral of the story is, just don't take other peoples' stuff". The horrendous smell made the initial thief toss the package, which allowed Rober to deploy this decoy package and capture the reactions of multiple assailants. You never know what you'll get.

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