Pennsylvania man leaves nice surprise for porch pirate


A Pennsylvania man left a package on his porch hoping a thief would return, take it, and never come back.

Robert Lynch told Scranton television stations WBRE and WYOU that he’s been fed up since thieves broke into his car twice within the past three years. The first time, he had nearly $60 in change stolen. The second time, a thief stole $500 worth of tools.

So, when the Shamokin man forgot to put a five-pound box of used kitty litter out with the trash, he put the package on his porch to see what would happen. Sure enough, someone purloined the cat poo.

With a surveillance camera he recently installed, Lynch got a clear look at the thief.

“When I first saw it, I thought I couldn’t believe somebody would take that, but then I laughed about it,” he said. “If I was on the bus and sitting by that person and she opened the box — I mean, the smell was unbelievable.”

Police told Lynch that as long as he’s not harming people, he can leave whatever he wants on his front porch.

“Right now, I have two more boxes out,” he said. “Merry Christmas!”

Lynch has started a trend in his neighborhood. He said his neighbors are filling boxes with garbage to see if anyone will take them.

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