Who Left a Mysterious Safe in a Farmer’s Field?

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Folks want to know what’s inside, but the farmer has hidden the safe

What’s in a rusty old safe that appeared on a New York state farmer’s property last week? That’s what everyone wants to know, but the farmer says the contents will remain a mystery.

According to UPI.com, a large safe, weighing approximately 500 to 600 pounds, appeared in a field on Kirk Mathes’ farm in Barre. An attached note read, “If you can open this, you can have what’s inside.”

Of course, folks want to know what’s inside and several people have tried to force it open with no success. Deputies even had to intervene and disperse a crowd of people attempting to open it.

“They took a sledgehammer to it, knocked off the dial and handle,” Mathes told WHAM-TV. “They worked on the hinges, kind of beat it up.”

But Mathes doesn’t want the secret to be revealed — at least not yet. In fact, the farmer has moved the safe to a secret location.

“My personal feeling is, leave it as a mystery,” Mathes said.

How can he resist finding out what it contains? He said the safe is a much-needed distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming presidential election.

“If you open it, the show is over. In these times, with the virus and the politics, it might get people a chance to set their problems or troubles aside and have a lot of fun talking about it,” Mathes said.

The safe may one day end up in a future planned local history museum in the town of Barre.

“It could be holding millions of dollars. It could have confetti in there. You have no idea, so just dream,” said Cindy Vanlieshout of the Barre Betterment Committee, one of the groups working on the museum plans.

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