A YouTube video has gone viral, showing a former NASA engineer, Mark Rober, who got tired of constantly have delivered boxes stolen from this front door in California. His glitter bomb device is worth watching below but what really drew me to the story was the reason. Like millions of people, we are having holiday gifts delivered and worry about the rising theft rate of such deliveries. If you are wondering why, this story give ample explanation. When Rober called police, they told him that they could not be bothered with such thefts. It is maddening. It seems that we get less and less for our taxes. Police protection is the most basic public function covered by taxes and yet the police simply treat this rising crime trend as none of their business. [Update: In a weird twist, Rober says that he has learned that a couple reactions from the alleged thieves may have been staged without his knowledge by associates. He has removed those scenes.]
Rober explains the history in a YouTube video posted Monday. He decided to create his “revenge bait” disguised as an Apple HomePod Box, which would also be GPS-enabled. He rigged it to record the theft with cellphones and his success is quite impressive. The culprits were hit by a glitter bomb and then a fart bomb. It was interesting that all of the faces of the thieves were blocked despite their felonious conduct.