Ex-NASA Engineer Creates Stinky Blitter Bomb For Package Thieves

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In a video posted on his channel, the 38-year-old, who helped design the USA space agency's Curiosity Rover, said his engineering experience left him well-placed to "take a stand" after dismissive police left him feeling "powerless".

Ex-NASA engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober has a common problem: thieves are stealing his Amazon packages right from his front porch.

The former NASA engineer and YouTube personality is truly serving it up.

So-called "porch pirates" - thieves who steal packages off people's doorsteps - have become an increasing issue as bad actors have sought to take advantage of growing demand for delivery services.

Rober, himself a victim, spent six months developing a baited box that blasts glitter and fart spray on would-be thieves when they open their surprise. And not just any regular glitter bomb, the box was equipped with four phones to capture the reaction of the thieves when they open the package and track their location as well. But the cherry on top, folks, is the fake packaging label, which says that it was sent by Home Alone's Kevin McCallister from the address of the actual house the movie was filmed in.

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The bomb is harmless unless you consider fart spray and copious amounts of glitter to be harmful.

Soon after the package was kept in the doorway, it was stolen by a thief who took it and ran away with it in his vehicle to a nearby parking lot.

Rober's efforts have paid off big time: his video has already been viewed over 9 million times less than a day after being published, and it's the #1 trending video across all of YouTube.

"The moral of the story is just don't take other peoples" stuff, Rober said in the video.

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