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Plagued By Porch Pirates? This NASA Engineer Set A Glitter-Bomb Trap

Posted at 9:00 AM, Dec 19, 2018

(CNN)- A former NASA engineer has used his many talents to exact sweet revenge on porch pirates this Christmas season.

Mark Rober is a former NASA engineer who worked on the Mars Curiosity rover. But for anyone who’s gotten a package stolen off a doorstep, he’s now a hero.

“Something needs to be done to take a stance against dishonest punks like this,” Rober said in a now-viral YouTube video.

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

“If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” he said.

The package would contain a pound of fine glitter plus some potent fart spray. The glitter would burst out when opened; the latter would spray five times, every 30 seconds.

But Robert went one step further — including four phones recording the thieves’ reactions. A GPS tracker in the phones would let him know where a package ultimately ended up.

If he couldn’t recover the package, the video would at least automatically upload to the cloud.

Once completed, he slapped a packing label addressed from the “Home Alone” character Kevin McCallister to movie villains Harry and Marv — a nice, figurative bow on the present.

You can now watch the now viral video here: