WATCH: Former NASA Engineer Creates "Bait" Package That Sprays Porch Thieves with Glitter and Farts

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 11:05AM
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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 11:05AM
WATCH: Former NASA Engineer Creates "Bait" Package That Sprays Porch Thieves with Glitter and Farts
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Screenshot: Mark Rober/YouTube
Call them what you will: package thieves, porch pirates, or mail snatchers, but all of them steal unattended boxes sitting at your front door. As we approach Christmas, it's the Superbowl for these low-lifes. But for Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer turned YouTube personality, it was time to get some revenge. In his newly viral video (7.7 million views in two days, as of this writing), he shows how he and some friends created an incredibly ingenious "bait package" equipped with a GPS, some cameras, a can of fart spray, and a whole lot of ultra-fine glitter...then shows you actual video of the criminals opening the box.

You can watch the full video below. Though it's 11 minutes long, the entire thing is completely worth it. We don't care if you watch it on your lunch break or in a bathroom—this is pure gold.



If you can't watch the full video right now, here's the gist of what Rober did: stick four cheap phones with wide-angle lenses in a box. Cover them with a plastic casing to hide their presence. Stick a little motor attached to a spinning cup filled with the aforementioned ultra-fine glitter, then prep a can of fart spray. Set up an accelerometer to sense when the box is being moved, then hook up the GPS and create a geofence around the target house, so if the package leaves the area, the cameras turn on. Program all the necessary functions in a compact circuit board, and then put the box on your porch. When the box is opened, chaos – and glittery, stinking justice – ensues. 

You can skip to around 4:00 if you want to see the package's slow-mo glitter fountain in action, but the truly priceless moments are the videos of the people reacting to being sprayed with it, then discovering that the box isn't done with them yet. You can skip to around 5:50 to get the first criminal's reaction. The fact that the whole operation seems to go off just as planned again and again is enough to bring joy to even the most bitter Grinch this holiday season.
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