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Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap

September 11, 2019


This guy took a package from my porch and now he’s about to open it in his car But what he doesn’t know is this is a custom-built bait package that is recording him on four different cameras And it’s about to unleash a pound of the world’s finest glitter along with some other surprises. But to understand how he got to this point first. We need to rewind a bit. About seven months ago, I noticed a package being reported as delivered but it never arrived. So when I checked our security cameras, I noticed this lovely couple out for a stroll. As you can see, they have backpacks on and they’re just going around the neighborhood making an afternoon out of this. If you ever been in a situation like this, you just sort of feel violated. And then I took this to the police and even with the video evidence, they said it’s just not worth their time to look into – so then you also feel powerless and I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this. And then I was like: hold up, I built a dartboard that moves to get a bulls-eye every time. I spent nine years designing hardware that’s currently roving around on another freaking planet. if anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me. So I started with a sketch and some CAD and then I hit up my buddy Sean who is really good with this type of small electronic stuff, and we got to work. Ultimately, when they open the package I just wanted to celebrate their choice of profession with a cloud of glitter because, I mean, who doesn’t love glitter? That’s easy. I could just do that passively with like a spring when it opens But I also wanted to record their reaction and that’s what makes the engineering here an order of magnitude more difficult because if you think about it This thing has to sit on a porch all day and it can’t be plugged in and you have no idea when someone will come And pick this up so it’s not like you could just hit record on the camera and then put it in the box because you’re gonna run out of battery and storage space on top of that I need some way to recover this footage in case I never get the big package back so after six months and lots of design Iterations and so much testing here’s where we landed This custom printed circuit board is the brains of the operation It has a built-in accelerometer And when it’s jostle that will check the GPS signal to see if it’s been moved from the porch and if so It sends a signal to all the phones to wake up and start recording and I’m using four phones that have a wide-angle Filming mode and are angled back and this 3d printed portion is contoured this way because it represents the field of view of the phones So as you can see I’m guaranteed to capture their reaction no matter which way they open it from and nestled in here We’ve got a can of fart spray. No joke, you can clear a room with one spray of this stuff so we made a cam on a small motor that sprays it five times and not only is this just a nice touch but we Keep repeating five sprays every 30 seconds until they throw the package out of their car or house Before they realize there’s four phones inside this Increases our chances of finding it because we always know the package location at all times due to the GPS on the phones But even if we don’t recover it all four phones have LTE data plans So they upload the footage to the cloud so I can still see what happened And then for the pièce de résistance we have a cup here on top that spins from a motor underneath So once you load in a but ton of the world’s finest glitter the motor spins really fast and the centrifugal force Fires it evenly in all directions. Let me cut holes on the side of the lid and cover them with one-way film so two of the cameras can see them as they walked away and then finally to make it look like an actual delivered package we Added some shrink wrap and a delivery label Which is perhaps my favorite part of the whole thing because if the thief wasn’t in such a hurry They’d see that the package is actually coming from my childhood hero and inspiration for this project Kevin McCallister. I Even looked up and amusing the address of the actual house They filmed the movie in and of course it’s being shipped to his boys Harry and Marv and there’s a charge port in the bottom because if it doesn’t get stolen in a given day I can bring it In and then recharge all the batteries in the system overnight So the idea is the bad guy comes and takes it off your porch then lifts the lid and these two limit switches Tell the circuit board brain inside that the lids been removed and then that sets everything in motion and I may be biased but sometimes a well engineered design is beautiful And because the phones have GPS we created a virtual geo fence around my house So I get a notification when the package has been moved off the property So I put it out on the porch and now all that was left to do was wait Okay, so I was at work and I got a notification that the Geo fence we set up had been tripped So then I checked the cameras and sure enough. The package is gone So I checked the GPS and sort of tracked it and it appears there in a car because they seem to leave my house Pretty quickly, but it seems to have stopped in a parking garage Which is where I’m headed to now and if you’re new here, this isn’t a prank channel So I am completely out of my comfort zone And there she is This is like recovering the black box of a crashed airplane it would still work even if I didn’t get the box back that footage would upload to the cloud but it’s just faster to plug the phones in so I’m gonna go home and find out how this Somehow ended up here. So it appears he was walking down the sidewalk and then suddenly makes a hard left Then he takes the package and gets in his car and eventually makes it to this parking garage where this glorious sequence unfolds My car dude everything oh my god My friend Cece has also had some packages stolen so she has to leave it on her porch for a few days to So the moral of the story is just don’t take other people’s stuff Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side, you’ll never find yourself in this situation or perhaps even worse this one Who you had? This video was all about protecting your packages from bad guys with this six-month over-engineered monstrosity, but lucky for you It’s way easier to protect yourself from online bad guys Thanks to the fine folks at Nord VPN who also happened to be supporting this video as you know VPN stands for virtual private network so you could surf the web anonymously your Location stays private and your data is encrypted and even though I’m not a bad guy with something to hide I generate a spinning glitter cup of data online every day which I would prefer not to be used against me like you reading a lot of the news stories lately and as a bonus if You ever get a message about a video not being available in your country technically Which is the click of a mouse your computer can virtually teleport to any country you want cry an or view P n is the best because they’re super fast with Thousands of servers across the globe and they also have Apple and Android apps for mobile browsing which are free with your account So if you travel internationally or give in today’s headlines, you’re ready to start taking your privacy more seriously You can go to Noor VPN comm slash mark Grover or use the link in the video description for 75% off their three year plans So, it’s Nord VPN comm slash mark Grover And if you use the code marker over at checkout, they’ll know I sent you and they’ll give you an extra month free Thanks for watching

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100 Comments

  • Reply Dennis Vince Rueda September 7, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Pretty sad you live where so many thieves are. Next time fill it with mace spray or wasps or a real bomb.

  • Reply Sir S'more September 7, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Well done my friend.

  • Reply anand kumar September 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

    I want it.. can you sell me the box not the phone

  • Reply CuteCakeGirl 109 September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Imagine the thieves watch this

  • Reply Miyumi Editz September 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

    6 months work just to be stolen but its definitely worth it.

  • Reply llPro Playerll September 7, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Should have put a recording to play that says HAHA

  • Reply Ace-Lolo September 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Imagine somehow they die from inhaling the gliter

  • Reply Lavender Quintin September 7, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Can i ask why America allows packages to be delivered on the porch or front door? Its illegal in Holland, which is why stuff like this is really weird to โ€œusโ€ (me) because we never hear it around here

  • Reply Donald Meadows September 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Powdered chili seeds, and biohazard symbols all over the package, they will then go to the hospital and admit they stole a package.

  • Reply James Cai September 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Should've used concentrated sulphiric acid. That would have KILLED them
    Only joking, great video

  • Reply Madison Donahue September 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    This was the first video i ever watched from him, not knowing he was a former NASA scientist so when i saw this i was like woahhhh how is he so smart???

  • Reply Sha Shanuka September 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    So freakin Coooool!!!!

  • Reply SlippydooodRL September 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Instead of glitter it should have been grenades

  • Reply ProductBasement September 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I would be curious to see if I could buy one, but I'd be afraid to open it

  • Reply 10,000 Subscribers no video challenge! September 7, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Next level glitter bomb

  • Reply CactusLactus 700 September 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    So they keep the phone?!

  • Reply NASA Rocks September 7, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me mark I want to be a NASA Mechanical just like you that is why I devoted my life to learning

  • Reply Rebecca M. September 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Lol you should have put cockroaches in the box ๐Ÿ“ฆ

  • Reply Eva P September 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    So sadistic and cruel that these people steal others packages

  • Reply Faith heinle September 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    this is too good

  • Reply Lauren Walker September 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Good deeds

  • Reply Gabriel Martins September 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Woo

  • Reply J C September 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    A true hero delivers videos just under 10 minutes.

  • Reply Shai Long September 8, 2019 at 1:14 am

    can we talk about that you had 3 or 4 people steal packages off your porch. Thats some consistant numbers. Like a huge crime ratio.

  • Reply Elwood P. Dowd September 8, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Looks like galaxies being formed…

  • Reply Tireza Soko September 8, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Wow I can't believe these people stell people's stuff I can't just believe they really did that…..๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Reply Chalisaboon September 8, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I would have added a pepper spray component, or some kind of color that Hong Kong police use on the protesters.

  • Reply Luke Vickery September 8, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Why r u so cleaver

  • Reply no U September 8, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I was waiting for one of these people to knock on the door and make sure it was delivered

  • Reply united September 8, 2019 at 5:37 am

    make a 2.0 version of this that actually says something clever when opened. or that you get a call from the package and you can talk to the stealer. and maybe shoots out something sticky

  • Reply Summer Dream September 8, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Where can I buy this beautiful monstrosity

  • Reply Linus Visby Ottosen September 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Karma

  • Reply Dan DA little Man September 8, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I hate thieves ๐Ÿ˜ก so selfish. What if that was someoneโ€™s motherโ€™s ashes!?

  • Reply nicole kovacs September 8, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Police: Sorry it's not worth our time
    Mark: I'll do it myself then
    Meh: I wAnT tO dO tHiS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Tema Taaga September 8, 2019 at 9:54 am

    what was that beat called at the end of the vidoe

  • Reply rixogtr September 8, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Next video Glitter bomb trap 2.0 a big microvave size box with glue, glitter, itching powder + whole fart spray injected at once after opening ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Anush kumar September 8, 2019 at 11:46 am

    this was awesome. Glitter was very less for punishment though.

  • Reply Joe Moss September 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

    1:24 @georgiaproductions

  • Reply myname period September 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    The thing I find funny is that they took it and then they swear and complain about it

  • Reply Omar Hibeljic September 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    So you gave them 4 free phones not the best of you

  • Reply IEatToaster UwU September 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    This is like a box that makes people goes lgbt

  • Reply IEatToaster UwU September 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I love how these people would not have a bad day if they didnt stole the package

  • Reply IEatToaster UwU September 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    At least you got admired

  • Reply Caroline K September 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    how is it okay for the police to say something isnโ€™t worth their time. i pay taxes so they have a paycheck???? so they should have time to do what theyโ€™re supposed to do. like at least open a report so that if they DO find the person they have plenty of evidence

  • Reply DomingoVoiceOver September 8, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Brilliant video! I have subscribed

  • Reply Galiakor Playz September 8, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Instead of glitter use pepper

  • Reply Brea Shae September 8, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    That was amazing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ƒ

  • Reply Appalachian Red Fox September 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Send me one, my Wife loves glitter! Hahaha

  • Reply Madison September 8, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    This man has the biggest brain of us all

    If someone keeps it, you should show up and politely ask for the package they stole. Describe in detail, show then the location, and while maintaining a Customer Service smile talk about how bad theft is legally.

    Edit: I would 1000% buy a version of this for a lot of money. Teach these thieving bastards a lesson

  • Reply Cytronik September 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I wouldn't call them punks tho.

  • Reply Trash Man September 8, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Bruh this would be an amazing idea for a business, just find some way to make it cheaper and boom instant hit

  • Reply Noskill September 8, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    You should have used tier gas

  • Reply Dynamic September 8, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Its sad how many times the package got stolen.

  • Reply Pro 7 September 8, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Shoulda just made it an actual bomb

  • Reply Azzy September 8, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    The glitter could have been paint or staining ink just to really leave something

  • Reply Azzy September 8, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    If mark wasnt so nice he coulda really put some bad stuff in that n hurt some people

  • Reply OctoNugs September 8, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I went to the home alone house

  • Reply Polina September 8, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Hope the glitter is biodegradable

  • Reply Shadow747 September 8, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    I thought he was gonna use a pressure like a mine or something like that

  • Reply Shadow747 September 8, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Plot twist: it was all Made up

  • Reply Avery beau taylor September 9, 2019 at 12:29 am

    When the most creative thing I've ever done is tie some string to a branch ( even that took me 4 hours๐Ÿ˜‚)

  • Reply ใƒ„ItzzCeszyy September 9, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Yeah just put hella phones in there

  • Reply Matt Delaney September 9, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Best video ever….

  • Reply Light Chaser September 9, 2019 at 2:06 am

    You sound like randumb

  • Reply sheila estrada September 9, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Please sell these lmao

  • Reply Howesbros September 9, 2019 at 3:34 am

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  • Reply frank franko September 9, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Shoot them with hi power paint ๐ŸŽจ ball Gun๐Ÿคฃn let them have it all over there body ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Reply Lesley Sim September 9, 2019 at 6:11 am

    now this is real engineering why cant i make cool stuff like this

  • Reply gardensofthegods September 9, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Exploding dye like banks use would have made more sense . Why make thieves laugh ? Should've made them cry .

  • Reply Dimitri Oguenin September 9, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Plat de rรฉsistance

  • Reply Motorized Bikeworx September 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    You are one of my favorites on here simply because of this. Iโ€™ve had several hundred dollars worth of packages stolen. I created a box that was inside an Xbox one X box and kind of did the same thing without cameras or as many electronics. When opened it triggered a switch that sprayed the fart spray continuously until the batteries died and it worked great. Nothing has been stolen since which leads me to believe it was only one person. But thank you for the idea! Lol

  • Reply Vex September 9, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Imagine if a tech YouTuber took mark Robers package and then when they unboxed it this happened

  • Reply potatonet September 9, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Glad I live in the countryside… 3 freaking people stole $3000 dollar glitter bomb and magically he got it back each time…. city life… apparently

  • Reply Chloe Boysal September 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I love the stickers on your blue door!!

  • Reply The Legend September 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    This is my first video I watched

  • Reply The Legend September 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Of the channel

  • Reply Saidah B September 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    ….And once the fart spray can is empty, 4 free phones!

  • Reply chubbzdaking September 9, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    The thieves are mostly white…very traditional ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Reply Mika Petit-Homme September 9, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    mark is so smart i liked the vid with jimmy kimmel

  • Reply - MellowYellow - September 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD IT PLAY A LECTURE LMAOOOO ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply MysteryGamer 360 September 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Lol

  • Reply GlammaOf3 DD September 10, 2019 at 12:59 am

    That was awwwesome…โค'd it!!๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm guessing none of your packages have been taken since those thieves now know where not to take them from! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜„ Lol I came back in as a new sub!๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Niranjan Tamhane September 10, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Nice lesson taught to thieves.

  • Reply HEATH MILLER September 10, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Dang so you didnโ€™t get it back

  • Reply Skyler Hornagold September 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Yes! Thank you for avenging me and the many packages I've had stolen from my porch

  • Reply Mr Monstah September 10, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I would've used ground up poison ivy instead of glitter, make them feel the justice swell up

  • Reply Silky-Kids September 10, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Nice..
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

  • Reply ThAt Cat September 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    overall dont mess with an intelligent engineer๐Ÿ™ƒ

  • Reply GUUKMER_plays September 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    PLEASE SELL IT

  • Reply HotTamali8 September 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ the best thing ever

  • Reply Manuel Reimann September 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I'm wondering if the thieves have seen this video already ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Yasmine Craig September 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I never new you put the buggy on Mars

  • Reply David Andrรจ Frustรธl September 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    can you do more things like that?!

  • Reply Matthew Green September 10, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    This vid has 71m views?!

  • Reply Hero The hunter September 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Well they messed with the wrong guy

  • Reply slovan01 September 11, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Me: * opens *
    Me: YEAH!!!!!

  • Reply Kid Jammer September 11, 2019 at 1:28 am

    U should sell dis stuff

  • Reply The boss gamer girl September 11, 2019 at 2:39 am

    THATS WHAT U GET FOR STEALING

  • Reply Martin L September 11, 2019 at 4:22 am

    What, glitter!?! You should use a gallon of paint

  • Reply Sasha Mendelson September 11, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I thin Mark should start selling these things holy crap

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