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People Are Like HELL YES After This Guy Pranked Package Thieves With Glitter And Fart Spray

To all the packages we've lost before.

Posted on December 18, 2018, at 11:44 p.m. ET

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Hello there, I have some good news: 1) we are almost finished with this godforsaken year, and 2) a former NASA engineer has ~finally~ invented something that brings extremely sweet revenge for anyone who has ever had their packages and property stolen.

About seven months ago, the engineer, Mark Rober, noticed that Amazon had marked one of his orders as delivered, though he had never received the package. It turned out his surveillance camera had captured the bandit, but police told him that it "wasn't worth the time to look into" the crime.

Feeling violated and "powerless," Rober, who worked on NASA's Curiosity rover, among other impressive résumé items, decided to engineer some "vigilante justice" and create the ultimate revenge machine. He tinkered with and tested model after model until, after six months, he had completed his masterpiece. He then posted a video of the contraption on YouTube, where it quickly went viral, bringing satisfaction and fist-pumping joy to anyone who's ever had their stuff stolen.

Tucked into an unassuming white Apple HomePod cardboard box, the incredible package-thief-nailer not only captures the location and identity of the would-be package thief, but — in what Rober calls the pièce de résistance — it also sprays them and their surroundings with "the world's finest glitter" and an overwhelming fart scent.

Here it is in action:

Mark Rober via YouTube

And again in slo-mo because spinning glitter is oddly mesmerizing (thanks, centrifugal force):

Mark Rober via YouTube

A small, intricate circuit board acts as the "brains of the operation," Rober explained in his YouTube video. When jostled, a built-in accelerometer triggers a GPS system that tracks the package's location, and, simultaneously, four phones in wide-angle filming mode begin recording.

"I am guaranteed to capture their reaction," he said gleefully.

Mark Rober via YouTube

And capture them he does. In his 10-minute video, we see several would-be package thieves meander up to people's doorsteps and abscond with the white box.

One unsuspecting dude opens the package in his car and is greeted with a rain of rainbow glitter, prompting him to drop F-bombs like it's his job. The same thing happens to another guy, who squeals, "What's that smell?!" after the fart spray deploys.

"That shit stinks," the guy says, tossing the box into some shrubbery.

After stealing the contraption, a woman got the holiday surprise of a lifetime when a sea of glitter washed over her snowman-covered quilt.

Mark Rober via YouTube

If these porch bandits had looked closely enough, Rober laughed, they would have seen that the sender's name was Kevin McCallister — a reference to Macaulay Culkin's character in Home Alone.

"I even looked up and am using the address from the actual house they filmed the movie in and of course it's being shipped to his boys Harry and Marv," the engineer said in the video, referring to the movie's iconic villains. (This, Rober noted, was his "favorite part" of the whole revenge scheme.)

After the footage dropped, people across the world gave a resounding hard clap, calling the prank and ensuing footage extremely gratifying because everyone can empathize with and relate to the horrible feeling of someone stealing your stuff.

People on the internet called him a "hero" and said it was one of the greatest videos they'd ever seen.

Oh my god this Mars rover engineer guy went and built the most elaborate glitter bomb to get back at some package thieves and it’s just a mix of Schadenfreude and marveling at the engineering genius that makes this video fucking awesome 😂😂😂https://t.co/1rw2sBns7W

Many wanted to know when and how they could buy these revenge packages, or if Rober planned to release "DIY instructions."

@MarkRober Dude, can we buy these? Is this something you can sell? Because I know there would be TONS of people who would want to buy one, myself included! Package thieves run rampant around here!

"This is beautiful...I'm still crying laughing," wrote one person who really got a lot out of the whole what-goes-around-comes-around thing.

@MarkRober I appreciate you so much. This is beautiful. I’m still cry laughing. Do more 🙌🏼

The Church of Satan also appreciated it.

“You should do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but if your courtesy is not returned, they should be treated with the wrath they deserve.“ ― Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible https://t.co/r3ErRbQhYx

Even UPS drivers were here for the karmic serving.

@MarkRober THIS UPS DRIVER APPROVES!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

So moral of the story, as evidenced by this package thief now covered in fart spray and vacuuming endless glitter from his couch: Don't be takin'.

Mark Rober via YouTube

And moral of the story part two:

@MarkRober @Crackmacs You really CAN solve all life’s problems with GLITTER!!! 😂




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