Engineer uses glitter and fart smell to punish package thieves

By Ben Hooper
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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A former NASA engineer revealed he spent six months perfecting a booby-trapped bait package that he says can cover porch pirates in glitter.

Mark Rober said in a YouTube video that he was inspired to take matters into his own hands earlier this year when an Amazon package was stolen from his porch and police told him they didn't have time to investigate the theft.


"If you've ever been a situation like this, you just feel violated," Rober says in the video. "I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this."

The video shows how Rober spent six months designing a bait package booby-trapped so that anyone who opens it will be covered in glitter and subjected to an artificial fart smell.

"So the moral of the story is: just don't take other people's stuff. Not only is not cool, but on the plus side, you'll never find yourself in this situation," Rober says.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Rober's video depicted thieves baited by the booby-trapped package. After this story was published, Rober said on Twitter that he learned the thieves were, in reality, acquaintances of a friend of a friend.


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