NASA Engineer Came Up With a Sparkly Way to Thwart Package Thieves

Marcus Newton
December 19, 2018

After having a package stolen from his doorstep, Rober made a decision to use his engineering background to serve up some retribution on would-be thieves.

As many as 30 percent of Americans say they've suffered from missing or stolen delivery orders, according to a survey by Xfinity Home, Comcast's home security service.

As the thief opens the package, wires are tripped that cause the motor inside to start spinning, covering those nearby in glitter.

Rober reported this to the police, but even with the video evidence, the police department said that this wasn't something worth spending time to investigate.

A former NASA engineer used his talents to get back at porch pirates who had the audacity to keep targeting his home.

After a package was stolen from outside his home, a fed-up Mark Rober took matters into his own hands.

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And it wasn't just any kind of revenge: packaged as Apple's Homepod, he created the ultimate prank for thieves. The thief opened the packaging in his auto and ended up splashing glitter everywhere.

The fake package contains a custom-print circuit board with a built-in accelerometer.

So.equipped with the phones, he was able to record the reactions of the thieves - and they are SO great!

The video was posted Monday - it already has more than 8 million views.

"If the thief wasn't in such a hurry they'd see that the package is actually coming from my childhood hero and the inspiration for this project", joked Rober.

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

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