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YouTuber Creates 'Glitter Bomb' To Get Back At Porch Pirates

December 18, 2018 - 12:21 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We all know you should not steal, but you definitely should not steal from a NASA engineer. 

After engineer and YouTube star Mark Rober discovered a thief stealing a package from his porch through his home surveillance camera; and not receiving help from police, he decided to take matters in his own hands.

"I just felt something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this. And then I was like, hold up, I built a dart board that moves to get a bullseye every time. I spent nine years designing hardware that's currently roaming around on another freaking planet," Rober said in the viral YouTube video.

"If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me."

Rober decided to create what he likes to call the 'glitter bomb' - a specially crafted bomb designed to look like an Amazon package that releases a pound of fine glitter once opened. Plus as an added bonus, it is loaded with a canister of "fart spray" that sprays the gaseous smell every 30 seconds. And of course, to make sure it is all documented, the package is complete with four phones with cameras.

After six months of designing and testing, the 'glitter bomb' was born. 

And no good prank like this is complete without some help from Kevin McCallister - that's right the boy from "Home Alone."

Rober sourced some inspiration from the movie and created the perfect delivery label. 

"Perhaps my favorite part of the whole thing," Rober said in the video.

"If the thief was not is such of a hurry, they would see the package is coming from my childhood hero and inspiration for this project, Kevin McCallister. I even looked up and am using the address from the actual address they filmed the movie in. And of course, it is being shipped to his boys, Harry and Marv."

Shout out to Winnetka! 

The video continues with footage of the 'glitter bomb' being put to the test and the thieves' reactions. 

Since being posted on Monday, the video has received over 8 million views on YouTube.

Moral of the story, don't steal packages - especially from engineers like Mark Rober.