Man makes trapped box to combat porch pirates


He worked with friend Sean Hodgins to design the device, which took about six months, USA Today reported.

"I challenge anyone who thinks packages don't get stolen to put a cellophane-wrapped HomePod box on their porch and leave it there day after day and see just how honest people are", Mr Rober told The Post.

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That someone according to Boing Boing is former NASA-JPL engineer/current science YouTube star Mark Rober and "he ain't playing nice".

Rober documented the process on his YouTube channel in a video sponsored by private network service provider company NordVPN. In the video titled "Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap", Rober said he developed the glitter bomb trap after police refused to help him investigate missing parcel incidents. The punishment comes in the form of a glitter bomb that gets sprayed around wherever the thief decides to open the package. After having a couple of packages stolen and being met with an unsympathetic police department, he chose to take things into his own hands. 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.

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Rober installed several cameras inside the device to record their reactions.

"The moral of the story is just don't take other people's stuff", he said. Rober's device purportedly captures video of what appears to be bungling bandits spewing obscenities as their package-stealing plots are thwarted by clouds of glitter and stench. If anyone had looked carefully, he or she would have noticed the mocked-up UPS delivery label addressed to "Harry and Marv", a nod to the up-to-no-good pair in "Home Alone".

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'Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side, you'll never find yourself in this situation'.

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