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Engineer sabotages porch pirates with glitter bomb trap, fart spray and records it

MarkRober created a glitter "bomb" for porch thieves. (Photo: Mark Rober via YouTube) (KUTV Photo)

(KUTV) — 'Tis the season — of package thieves.

For an engineer with a YouTube channel, the frustration of losing a package became the opportunity to glitter bomb those willing to take items off his porch.

Mark Rober's video touched a nerve with the public too, soaring to the No. 1 spot on YouTube's trending list and collecting more than 9 million views in a single day — and counting fast.

At first glance it seems a little difficult to believe that someone could construct a glitter bomb that would spread sparkly goodness and record the experience when porch pirates finally open that package and still allow Rober to recover the footage. After all, without a view of the experience of the apparent thieves, the joy of the glitter would be lost.

But as he explains in his video, he overcame those design challenges and produced a package that records video from four sides of a box that then spins glitter into the apparent thieves' cars or homes, glitter bombing their personal lives. Rober added a fart spray response from the package too, to add insult to non-injury in the 11-minute video.

"You just sort of feel violated," he said of having packages removed from his porch. "When they open the package I just want to celebrate their choice of profession with a cloud of glitter."

As online shoppers collect their Christmas presents in the final days of shopping, the idea resonated with viewers who shared and watched and watched and watched.

In the captured recordings Rober shares in his video, most of the thieves drop beeped cuss words and get rid of the package — but after the glitter distributor is already recorded, with footage sent the cloud for laughs and posterity.

Rober's YouTube page has an "about" section that says he studied at BYU and then received a masters at USC.

"I worked for NASA JPL for 9 years, 7 of which were working on the Curiosity Rover (I made a video about it you should def totes watch cause it's probably my favorite of all my videos)."

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