After someone stole a package off of his porch, Mark Rober spent months designing and building a fake package to get revenge on the next person stupid enough to try it. He outfitted the box with GPS, motion sensors, four cameras that auto-uploaded to the cloud, a glitter bomb that detonated when the package was opened, and a canister of fart spray that sprayed periodically until the thief threw the package out.
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. Then Rober just needed to wait and let the package rain pain.