It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Busler house, especially for the little ones, Isla and August.
“It definitely takes us back to when you were a kid and you can remember the excitement of those sleepless nights going into Christmas,” Tom Busler says.
The tree is lit, the stockings are hung, and gifts are on their way to the house in Stapleton. But whether Tom and his wife Jenna get their packages is another story.
Packages have already gone missing from the Buslers’ home this season. After, Tom turned to a community watch Facebook page for ideas, and he found one: put a weighted decoy box on the front porch, so criminals take that instead. But Tom had the brilliant idea to take it one step further.
“I decided I’d use our 2-year-old son’s dirty diapers so that when they went home to open and check for their – what spoils they had plundered from our porch, they were in for an entirely different kind of surprise,” he says.
Executing this takes a strong stomach. He guards his nose with a scented candle, and uses a plastic bag over his hand as a layer of protection. Tom drops the special gift in the box, seals the package and places it next to the front door.
“We’re done putting up with this crap, so we’re putting out the crap,” he says.
The boxes are labeled underneath with a special message: “Eat sh*t thieves.”
The Buslers replace the boxes every couple of days, because, well, it would turn into another kind of problem if they didn’t. Little Auggie is going through eight to 10 diapers a day, so the supply is abundant.
As this is the season of giving, the Buslers are prepared to share their son’s messy diapers with the neighbors.
No one has taken Tom's bait yet. He wants to remind everyone to remove any identifying labels from your boxes, in case a thief wants to... re-gift.