Mark Rober really loves to build things.
If he couldn't recover the package, the video would at least automatically upload to the cloud. If it's happened to you, you know the helpless rage this triggers.
Rober's efforts have paid off big time: his video has already been viewed over 9 million times less than a day after being published, and it's the #1 trending video across all of YouTube.
This is when he decided he would create a device, disguised as an Apple Homepod, that would only be activated when thieves hacked into its surrounding package. It would be GPS-enabled, so he could track its journey once it left his home perimeter.
One pound of glitter, that is.
Watch the full, very satisfying video above.
After six months of designing and testing, the team unveiled their glitter bomb trap.
Rober punked a few porch pirates. Then another. Then another. The punishment comes in the form of a glitter bomb that gets sprayed around wherever the thief decides to open the package.
As it turns out, none of the thieves paid such close attention before snatching the box. But Mark Rober's glitter bomb trap for package thieves proves it can be a bit messy, too.
His video goes onto show several more thieves who had taken the bait.
"It's like lighthearted engineering fun", Rober told The Washington Post in a phone interview Tuesday. But real-life porch pirates don't usually inspect packages before stealing them. A study by InsuranceQuotes estimated almost 26 million Americans have had a holiday package stolen. The horrendous smell made the initial thief toss the package, which allowed Rober to deploy this decoy package and capture the reactions of multiple assailants.