Glitter is the worst. Come within 50 feet of it and you’ll never be rid of the stuff.
So for those of you with large “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people” Festivus lists, there is a new method of revenge: ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com, a service that will do exactly what its name promises.
It’s about the most perfect, passive aggressive way to get back at those who have wronged you.
“We are a real service, we actually do send glitter to your enemies,” company founder Mathew Carpenter told The Washington Post via e-mail.
Here’s how it works: Pay money to ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com and they’ll send glitter to those you hate. “We’ll also include a note telling the person exactly why they’re receiving this terrible gift,” the site explains. “Hint: The glitter will be mixed in with the note thus increasing maximum spillage.”
The site launched early Monday morning — and crashed within hours. The Sydney-based company has logged more than 800 orders. The glitter bombs cost “$9.99AUD for anywhere in the world,” the site proclaims, adding, “Come on, it’s Australian Dollars so it’s probably only a few bucks for you.” (It’s about $8.15 USD.)
“It’s 4.36am here so no shipping yet, however we are filling orders as I type this to you,” Carpenter said via e-mail Tuesday. “The house looks like it’s 1975 and Donna Summer has just hit the stage. ”
Glitter-bombing has been a thing in the United States for years and is best known as an act of protest in advocating for LGBT rights. It can be dangerous, as glitter can find its way into your eyes. Kardashians have been the recipients of glitter bombs.
A college student who glitter-bombed Mitt Romney in 2012 pleaded guilty to a charge of disturbing the peace. Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum was repeatedly glitter-bombed.
But mailing glitter to enemies is different. It’s more courteous than mailing of packages of poop, and, hey, your enemy may even think the glitter is a gift! An annoying, horrible gift that gets into everything and will never go away. But they may feel like getting glitter all over the place is partly a result of their own doing.
Carpenter describes himself as an Internet marketing entrepreneur, and he’s behind a number of other online ventures. He said the idea to send glitter to enemies came to him after years of receiving a Christmas card full of glitter from family friend.
“She sent a reasonable amount,” he said. “My idea came from wanting to send her 10x amount she had sent me over the years.”
So Carpenter sent an A4 envelope full of the sparkly stuff. He is not, he told The Post, expecting a Christmas card back this year. “Happy New Year to her!”
When asked if the company ships internationally (you know, just wondering), Carpenter responded, “Yes we do, unfortunately!”
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