The perfect pumpkin is elusive. We’ve all been there—running around the patch, checking pumpkins to find one with the perfect shape and minimal scarring. It can’t be too squat or tall, too flat on one side but not the other. Above all, it has to impress. The Batty family of American Fork, Utah had themselves an impressive pumpkin, all right. So impressive that someone pulled a pumpkin heist under cover of darkness.
Fall fever is getting out of control. Don’t get us wrong; we’re here for the changing leaves, good football weather, sweaters, and pumpkin carving. But anticipation for the holiday season always comes to a head when October rolls around, and at least one Utah resident couldn’t restrain themself. What they may have thought was a victimless crime was, in fact, a cowardly attack on fall, pumpkins, and an innocent family that was giving other produce away for free.
The Batty family resides in American Fork, Utah. They have a knack for gardening, and this year, they outdid themselves. They grew a 60-pound monster of a pumpkin.
“It’s the largest one we ever grew. Everybody sees it and everybody is going, ‘I like your pumpkin. That is a huge pumpkin.’ And it’s like, yeah, we’re getting excited, you know? But it disappeared!” Dusten Batty told KSL News.
The Battys were understandably shocked to find their prized pumpkin missing. But they weren’t just going to take it lying down. According to KSL, Dusten Batty took it upon herself to spell a message with plastic cups inserted into her chain link fence.
“You are scum who stole our pumpkin,” the message read.
“I hope they feel they did wrong and hopefully they don’t do it again. Respect other people’s property,” Batty concluded.
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“I just thought it was something fun to do and just give us another hobby, and it turned into something big,” he told WCVB 5.
And the practice has become far more lucrative than he originally anticipated. He told the news outlet that he uses a school bus to transport his crop, and it’s paying off in a big way.
“This weekend we made about a thousand dollars alone. We didn’t think we were going to be making money, but then once we started to, it’s like, ‘What am I going to do with all of this?'” Beck continued.
What does he plan on doing with the money? Well, the responsible teenager he is, Beck is saving the money for college. Kansas State, hopefully.