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Former NASA engineer uses 4 LG G5s to create the ultimate prank for Amazon package thieves


Stealing things is not cool. But sometimes you just can't do much about it, you feel helpless. That's how former NASA engineer Mark Rober felt when an Amazon package he had ordered appeared as if it was delivered, but Rober never actually saw it. After checking out the security cameras at his home, he found out that indeed a couple had walked by one afternoon and just stolen the package mid-day.

Rober reported this to the police, but even with the video evidence, the police department said that this wasn't something worth spending time to investigate. So... what could be done?

Well, Rober took this to heart: after all, as a former NASA engineer who had created device that roam on another planet, he did seem like the one person who could stage a revenge.

And it wasn't just any kind of revenge: packaged as Apple's Homepod, he created the ultimate prank for thieves. A carefully engineered gadget that would spray glitter in all directions, coupled with four cellular-connected LG G5s (an array of four used for their ultra-wide angle cameras for 360-degree video) and even a fart spray (it turns out, such a thing exists!).

All of this took months of careful engineering and when finally completed, it did ruin the day for a lot of thieves and made for a truly epic YouTube video. Check it out.


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24 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 754; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

This was a crazy project. Amazed by his ingenuity.

2. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

Simply brilliant.

3. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I got a lot of joy from watching this.

5. mel0524

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I want one of those stuff!

6. j_grouchy

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I wish the faces weren't blurred. Shame these idiots publicly, I say!

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's not really important, I just hope he report those guys to police.

7. axc06j

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I give this guy full points for the cleverness of the prank.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Maybe I'm mean, but I think you should rig the box with rockets and fireworks or tacks and nails and then the thief opens it, it blows their hands off or they get sharp objects stuff in their face. This thing is cool, but it won't stop a thief. In fact it will just piss them off and then they will just go steal. Make it so they are afraid to steal and they simply wont.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good idea! Maim them so they can sue you for everything you've got. You won't need it, you'll be in prison.

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Well since he would be commiting a crimex I wouldn't be liable for his or her injuries. Law 101

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

In the old days you could be stoned to death for stealing food, even if it was because you were dying of starvation. The fact you dont believe a person should receive their just desserts for a crime is baffling. However ok f you commit a cr9me, what happens afterwards is solely your faukt. I have no issue if someone did it. If you didnt try to steal you won't have tonworry. If I spent my hard earned money on something. You dont have a right to take it. And I have a right to protect what's mine. Where I live, people have gotten shot for stealing from people's yards. What I suggested was at least human. I have 2 Pit Bulls. You come I'm my yard you will certain lose more than your hands and I won't be liabme.

19. jcarmstrong23

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Clearly you don't know why you're talking about. Creating a bomb will surely put you in prison if you're lucky. It doesn't matter if the person committed a crime in the act.

20. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

The bomb thing will get the cops and the feds on you, I know a guy in Detroit who had firecracker rigged in his backyard behind a fence got two theives, with them he's facing charges for it hell I can drop the links of the fools getting popped if ur interested in it Thestoryhttp://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/police-search-for-explosives-devices-in-southwest-detroit https://youtu.be/8iqdgbh2aVw the video

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 643; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

You're sick, bro.

24. michaelny2001

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i wanna go the next level. Put poison in there enough to hurt them badly, maybe hospitalize them,not killing them. u don't want that responsability. that way they would be affraid... is it real or fake? oh yeah and advertize it on all channels, FB, twitter, everything. so that way everybody knew; u steal packages u might get very hurt. so stasy away. go work, make money and buy your own.

9. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

NASA genius! LOL

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 332; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

So funny, but tbh these people are scum bags.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha very funny. I am so glad delivery services are not allowed to leave packages on porches in my country. So weird they do this in America.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Same here. Courier will call if there's no one home, so we can appoint other time for re-delivery. (or they'll just leave it on front desk if you live on apartment)

13. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Should have used liquid ass instead of fart spray. That s**t doesn't go away for weeks.

14. ShadowHammer

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Only downside to that is that he reused the thing numerous times, so if the stink stayed too long, he's stuck with it and people probably wouldn't take the package if it already smelled bad. I do like your idea and enthusiasm for a one-time thing though.

16. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The spray can itself doesn't smell, but it makes the thing it sprays onto smell really bad. 5 sprays and you will have to throw away the car.

23. Taphius

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Yeah that first guy is going to have a fun time getting that smell out of his car

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