On December 18, former NASA engineer Mark Robert told how he created a bomb with sparkles and took revenge on the thieves who stole his parcels from Amazon. However, users of Reddit and Twitter found in the video a lot of inaccuracies and doubted its veracity – it turned out, not in vain.
Most of the evidence was provided by a certain Peter Logan – he conducted his own investigation, using a panoramic view of Google maps and the Zillow real estate website. He described all the suspicious coincidences from the video in a letter that he sent to the editorial office of BuzzFeed News.
Logan noticed that when the third thief opens a bomb with spangles in the house and runs out into the street, the criminal’s yard is visible. According to the user, it looks just like the space next to the house of Robert’s friend Kiki.
In addition, Logan noticed that the second thief’s car, a black Ford Focus, is visible in other frames, too, next to Kiki’s house. The man reviewed the video several times and was able to read the address of the house of the third thief. He found it in Google Maps: it turned out that the house is really located next to his friend Robert. According to the man, this proves that all the “thieves” in the video were not real.
After Logan published his findings on Imgur, other users also joined the investigation and it became collective. One of them found a house on the Zillow real estate site that looked exactly like Kiki’s apartment. It turned out that it is very similar to frames with the third thief.
On Reddit and on Twitter, many users also shared doubts. They were embarrassed that the police did not participate in the thefts, and the reaction of the bandits was too slow and mild for people who had just been sprayed with sparkles and smelly liquid.
After Logan and his associates turned to Robert with questions, he edited the video: some of his parts disappeared, and others were covered up. At the same time, he did not upload a new video, but somehow corrected the already published video. However, users still noticed it.
After that, pictures with evidence were beaten into the tops of social networks and Robert had to explain. On Twitter, he stated that he deleted about one and a half minutes of the video after he had reason to believe that two of the five reactions to bombs were not real.
As the inventor explained, he asked those who wanted to help him with delivering bombs to the porch, and for this he volunteered to his friend. At the same time, in order to compensate people for the time, Robert promised to pay them if someone successfully steals the “package”.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It seems that in these two cases the “thieves” were actually acquaintances of the person who decided to help me. From video from phones that record only some moments, I could not understand it. Since then, I have removed these reactions from the original video.[/perfectpullquote]
The blogger apologized to the audience and noted that “he had to do more” to confirm the authenticity of the content. He also explained that the rest of the reactions in the video are real.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This is my first video with some prank elements and it’s pretty far away from my comfort zone, so I had to do more. It hurt me so much, because so much time, money and effort was invested in the creation of this device and I hope that “fake” will not bring the whole effect to nothing.[/perfectpullquote]
Robert did not accept the answer from many users. After the statement of the engineer, they became even more suspicious of a fake.
So the stolen package glitter bomb video is a fake?
2018 truly is a hellscape. https://t.co/crOe70i3rQ
— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) December 19, 2018
“So, it turns out, the video with the sending-bomb with sparkles is a fake? 2018 is real hell
Don’t know if I’m being overly skeptical, but the “glitter bomb package thief” video just screams fake to me.
— Sean Cameron Slater (@D4_C0D3R) December 19, 2018
“I don’t know if I’m too skeptical, but the video with the glitter bomb screams that it’s fake”
However, there were those who supported Robert. Users found his explanations exhaustive and wished to continue shooting videos
I think it’s admirable to be up front like this and taking responsibility. That says a lot about your values.
— Katt the Satanist (@Pentagramdreams) December 20, 2018
“Mark, I think you did great, being honest and taking responsibility. It says a lot about your values. ”
It was and remains the video of the year. The beauty is the obsessive engineering that led to a gorgeous and elegant solution. I can’t wait to see your future videos all while my kids and I catch up on your past work.
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) December 20, 2018
Peter Logan agreed that Robert’s apologies were “worthy,” but he still had doubts.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]He apologizes for those moments where he was caught, but claims that everything else is true. I do not know what to do with it. I have no doubt that the bomb with spangles is real and works, and also that he is a smart guy who has spent a lot of time to make it. But I continue to believe that the reaction of all thieves there is rigged.[/perfectpullquote]