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Old 12-18-18, 08:52 AM
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Old 12-18-18, 09:11 AM
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Glitter is just plain cruel, but funny. You never can get rid of the stuff. Ever. It is basically an STD

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Old 12-18-18, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Glitter is just plain cruel, but funny. You never can get rid of the stuff. Ever. It is basically an STD
The thieves should be happy I didn't design the bomb;
I would have used dye packs (like bank tellers put in with the cash in a robbery).
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I just love how angry the thieves are when the package they just stole throws glitter all over them. We've been very fortunate in my neighborhood with our lack of "porch pirates." A buddy of mine one town over is manager at one of the LBSs, and had an outgoing package stolen off of his porch. The contents? A customer's cracked Cannondale CF fork going back for warranty inspection.
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I would be worried about retaliation at a later date, and why I send my most valuable delivery packages to a far more secure location than my open porch.
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For years I rented a mailbox at the local UPS Store, just a mile away.
There was always an adult there to sign for it (if required), and it never sat outdoors unattended.
And a big advantage over USPS boxes is that any delivery service could deliver there.

Then the store was sold to new owners, who promptly doubled the rental rates.
Then the next year they doubled it again, and I was outta there.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
I would be worried about retaliation at a later date, and why I send my most valuable delivery packages to a far more secure location than my open porch.

I doubt that the thieves steal so little that they even remember where they got it.

Thing with sending packages not-home....can be hard to remember to do it. Worse, it can be royally inconvenient. Nearest UPS/FedEx in My Fair City are 5 miles away, downtown, and there is zero reliable parking within walking distance.
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Although I doubt it'll happen, I wouldn't be surprised if the late night talk shows were trying desperately to book him ASAP...as in before christmas.

I love the inclusion of the Kevin McCallister and Harry & Marv references.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
The thieves should be happy I didn't design the bomb;
I would have used dye packs (like bank tellers put in with the cash in a robbery).
I had the same thought, why not mark the thief with a dye pack or paint bomb?
Of course I've had the idea to fill a bag with dog poop inside a box that rips open the bag when the box is opened.
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
I had the same thought, why not mark the thief with a dye pack or paint bomb?
Of course I've had the idea to fill a bag with dog poop inside a box that rips open the bag when the box is opened.
I read about someone leaving boxes filled with dog poop on the porch after having some packages stolen.
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I LOL pretty hard at that. There was a similar video, but the guy rigged up a shotgun shell (with out the projectiles) to go off when the box was lifted. Scared the crap out of the thieves.
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I read about someone leaving boxes filled with dog poop on the porch after having some packages stolen.
Read about...right!

There was a guy with a backpack walking down my street (other side) yesterday. I had my dogs outside and he looked a bit uneasy. He musta been out "shopping". I hope he got some nice surprises.
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Old 12-19-18, 09:59 AM
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We regularly get art supplies from Amazon... my wife is an artist. I can just imagine some "porch pirate" digging in to one of those deliveries... only to find a box of blank water color paper or blank card stock... gee great.

Both the above tend to be heavy, and thus well worth prime "free shipping."
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Old 12-19-18, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
I had the same thought, why not mark the thief with a dye pack or paint bomb?
Of course I've had the idea to fill a bag with dog poop inside a box that rips open the bag when the box is opened.
Cat urine would be better than your dog poop. It might take some work to collect a quart or so of it, but one can actually train cats to us a toilet, so I'm sure one could collect it.

However, I think the idea of glitter is that no real damage is done, other than making a mess that could take hours, or even years to clean up.

Your paint bomb could do real damage to the inside of a car or apartment.

Also, the question was about retaliation. It is more likely that a person would do real retaliation if one did thousands of dollars damage to a vehicle or apartment, vs a rather extreme annoyance.
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Old 12-19-18, 02:18 PM
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What I'm surprised about is that the police are apparently doing nothing with the package thefts, especially with more video evidence. Too busy hassling people for minor traffic violations?

Do nothing, and more thefts will follow.

I thought mail tampering was a federal crime, although perhaps it depends on where the mail is, and who the mail carrier was.

While each item may be < $50, it could well add up, so if a criminal had stolen 100 packages, that could be $5000. Perhaps the prosecutors should be allowed to lump cases to hit the felony limits.
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It won't be long, at this rate, when homes are designed "package slots" built into the wall next to the front door. Similar to mail slots but obviously larger. Hmm I wonder if I can patent that?
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Heart warming Christmas story.......when do they go on sale?
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Heart warming Christmas story.......when do they go on sale?
I doubt the boxes could be sold for less than $200. However, I was wondering if they would be sold at the end.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
It won't be long, at this rate, when homes are designed "package slots" built into the wall next to the front door. Similar to mail slots but obviously larger. Hmm I wonder if I can patent that?
Problem with a package slot would be making it big enough for large packages, but not so big someone could crawl through.
I think this would be ideal, provided the carriers cooperate: https://www.thelandport.com/

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What I'm surprised about is that the police are apparently doing nothing with the package thefts, especially with more video evidence. Too busy hassling people for minor traffic violations?

Do nothing, and more thefts will follow.

I thought mail tampering was a federal crime, although perhaps it depends on where the mail is, and who the mail carrier was.

While each item may be < $50, it could well add up, so if a criminal had stolen 100 packages, that could be $5000. Perhaps the prosecutors should be allowed to lump cases to hit the felony limits.
Unless it is actual mail, and left in a mailbox, it is not mail theft... just package or merchandise theft.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Problem with a package slot would be making it big enough for large packages, but not so big someone could crawl through.
I think this would be ideal, provided the carriers cooperate: https://www.thelandport.com/
Wow, not a bad idea. Of course the other solution is a local drop off location... I see some local retailers getting into that, as it brings traffic to their store.
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Old 12-19-18, 03:02 PM
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Another option: https://www.architecturalmailboxes.c...lephantrunk-2/
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Problem with a package slot would be making it big enough for large packages, but not so big someone could crawl through.
I think this would be ideal, provided the carriers cooperate: https://www.thelandport.com/
To be honest, it was half in jest. My thought was along the lines of those clothing donation boxes you see around. You pull out and down revealing space for your donation, but at same time doing so blocks access to earlier collected donations, yes could be kinda big.
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