Parcels kept being stolen from outside the former NASA engineer's home.
After having a package stolen from his doorstep, Rober chose to use his engineering background to serve up some retribution on would-be thieves. When they open the stolen "package" it sprays them with a fog of fine glitter and five squirts of fart spray.
Mark Rober spent six months designing a "bomb" that would activate when the package containing it was stolen, firing glitter and fart-smelling spray on the thief.More news: Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff
The video begins by showing video of Rober's security camera catching a young couple robbing him of a package left on his doorstep.
The device uses centrifugal force to launch the glitter once the lid is removed from the Homepod box. One of the thieves was recorded trying desperately to vacuum the glitter out of his room.
Meanwhile, when the box's lid was lifted, it would set off a can of "fart spray" and a centrifugal motor attached to a cup of glitter, prompting comical responses from the thieves.More news: Republicans in Congress aren't cheering big win in Obamacare repeal lawsuit
Rober decided he would create a booby trap inspired by his "childhood hero and inspiration" Kevin McAllister, the young and resourceful protagonist (played by Macaulay Culkin) in the "Home Alone" films of the 1990s. Yet the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't keep national statistics of the crime.
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.
"The moral of the story is just don't take other people's stuff", he said.More news: Arsenal Confirmed lineup vs Qarabag: several changes; Koscielny, Ozil start