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Watch booby-trapped Amazon package cover thieves in glitter and fart spray

By midian182 · 36 replies
Dec 18, 2018
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  1. Mark Rober is a mechanical engineer who spent nine years at NASA, 7 of them working on the Curiosity Rover. The latest video on his YouTube channel shows how a package from Amazon was stolen from his porch, leading to him building a glitter bomb trap.

    The fake package contains a custom-print circuit board with a built-in accelerometer. When it’s moved, the GPS 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. The GPS also lets Mark see the box’s location.

    Not content with recording someone in the act, the package, which is made to look like it contains one of Apple’s expensive HomePod speakers, hurls a ton of glitter using a spinning tub that Mark created, all while repeatedly spraying out fart gas.

    The thieves’ reactions when they open the boxes are fantastic and mostly very funny. Maybe it’ll make them think twice about taking something that isn’t theirs again—but probably not.

    Last week, it was reported that more police are using sting operations in which they place fake Amazon deliveries embedded with GPS trackers on doorsteps to try to catch criminals. A good plan, though booby-trapping them to unload tear gas and pepper spray when opened might be going too far.

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    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
  2. Steveb8189

    Steveb8189 TS Booster Posts: 42   +29

    So the thieves still get four smartphones...
    Jeff Re likes this.
  3. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +81

    Not the last guy, he just got the hoover out...
  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 414   +416

    And hopefully a visit from the cops...
    Silvernine and Reehahs like this.
  5. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 526   +138

    That's illegal to booby trap items in public.
    ShagnWagn likes this.
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    It's illegal to steal what does not belong to you.
    Eugenia, Silvernine, MaXtor and 2 others like this.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    I would have included some sort of sticky residue, that causes the glitter to stick to everything
    it touches, WITH the fart spray, but, I would have substituted SKUNK spray.
    Eugenia likes this.
  8. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 799   +334

    It's private property... sounds like the comment of a porch thief right there!

    Also fart spray is not enough, put bear spray in that that thing!!

    Honestly people that steal packages makes me rage, I'd happy put C4 instead of glitter!
    Eugenia, Silvernine, MaXtor and 2 others like this.
  9. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 526   +138

    If someone is intentionally harmed on private property you are responsible, period!
  10. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Addict Posts: 151   +115

    I love that the first couple of people are mad.
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    1) if the glitter were sticky it wouldn't spray, you'd have a glitter glob.
    2) glitter already sticks to everything because of static. As a parent of a small child I have joked about this with other parents - it's called the 'herpes of arts and crafts' because you can never ever get rid of it. it's so light weight that it's very hard to vacuum. They will find glitter in little cracks and corners for a long time.
    Eugenia and Godel like this.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,393   +5,020

    Federal postage is not public.

    As soon as the thief is charged with a federal offense. I will gladly accept whatever charges the glitter and fart spray brings forward.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
  13. That is the most awesome thing I've seen in awhile. The police should hire this guy, make more and different devices.
    Silvernine likes this.
  14. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    Brilliant. He should find a better way to build them sans the smartphones and sell them. On Amazon. ;)
    Silvernine and MaXtor like this.
  15. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    If 1/20 of houses did this once in a while, porch pirates would be a thing of the past!
    Silvernine likes this.
  16. klondike100

    klondike100 TS Rookie

    Should have added a explosive dye pack.
    Silvernine, senketsu and MaXtor like this.
  17. Cayvco

    Cayvco TS Rookie

    My new hero. When will criminals realize that crime will ALWAYS come back to bite you in the butt at some point in the future? It's never worth it.
    Silvernine likes this.
  18. brucek

    brucek TS Maniac Posts: 167   +207

    I wish that's what I took away from his video. My analysis was more like one time out of a hundred thousand you get a glitter bomb and fart smell, and the other 99,999 times you get a free package, even when someone has you on video committing the crime.

    I get that police can't go on a wild goose chase when they have no clues to work from, but when as here they are handed gold-plated evidence and still refuse to act, good citizens have a problem.
  19. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 161   +73

    It's just not worth the police's time to look into theft? And I thought the police suck where I'm at.
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,654   +319

    Why is Amazon delivering packages this way? Why are people accepting that? I mean, it would be easy to store the packages someplace and have people come to collect them. It would also not be that hard to deliver them when people are at home. Why do this thing where you just put packages outside homes where you know that people come and take them?
  21. brucek

    brucek TS Maniac Posts: 167   +207

    Because in the real world, where a great many people work during the daytime, including both the people receiving the package and delivering it, this is the available option. I suppose for the 1% there's the option of having the butler receive the package, or drive to the UPS facility to pick it up.
  22. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 526   +138

    And your defense lawyer will cost you as well as lost wages for court and jail time. Good luck with that!
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,393   +5,020

    You don't need a defense lawyer. The outcome will end just as well without one.
    MaXtor likes this.
  24. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 253   +191

    True, if banks can do it, why can't we?

    Thanks, and good luck to you with your package stealing!
    Silvernine likes this.

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