This former NASA engineer made a viral video getting back at package thieves that’s now being outed as staged. YouTuber and engineer Mark Rober builds incredible things on his youtube channel, where he claims over 4.5 M subscribers. But his latest project took over the internet.
In a video titled “Package Thief vs Glitter Bomb Trap”, Mark expresses how sick and tired he is of package thieves. So Mark decided to take matters into his own hands.
He assembled a booby trap gizmo designed to spray glitter and fart spray as soon as the fake package is opened. He used a 3D-printer, a custom-printed circuit board, GPS, and four phones with cameras and of course…fart spray. He also equipped the package with cameras so he could record the whole thing.
The video goes on to show the hilarious images captured when the thieves opened the trap. The video has over 42M views…but it turns out some parts of the video were staged. In an article titled” Hate To Break It To You, But The Amazing Glitter Bomb Package Video Is Pretty Much Staged”..
Buzzfeed shared some inconsistencies emailed to them by a man named Peter Logan. The screenshots Peter took from a quick zillow search, after watching the video several times much more closely, he realized that the second package thief’s car, a black Ford Focus, was also parked outside Cici’s house in several other shots.
“Zooming in, Logan was able to read the address on the third thief’s house, google it, and confirm that it was indeed Cici’s neighbor, leading him, he wrote, to “come to the opinion that the whole video was a put-on, that the package thieves were in on the gag.”
But Peter wasn’t the only one to call it out. Sean tweeted “Don’t know if I’m being overly skeptical, but the “glitter bomb package thief” video just screams fake to me.”
And guess what…they were right. Mark issued an apology and explanation, basically saying that some of the participants who were willing to put the packages on their doorsteps staged the thefts so they could receive the compensation Mark was offering for successful recovery of the footage.
He says he didn’t know they were fake until viewers pointed it out and has since removed the 2 reactions that were confirmed as fake. The other 3 reactions, however stand to remain as real, so the whole video is not fake…just 2 of the reactions.
But what do you think? Does this ruin the whole video for you? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.