Utah toddler shreds $1,000 in cash, parents say

Ben and Jackee Belnap — of Holladay Utah — told local media that they had to laugh at the mishap. They also cried a little

On Sunday, his parents, Ben and Jackee Belnap, from the Salt Lake City area, noticed an important envelope containing $1 060 had gone mysteriously missing, as they told KSL. They say they searched the house desperately for it over the weekend, when they planned to hand it over-and eventually discovered the remains of the cash in the shredder. The Department of Treasury said they might be eligible to get all their money back - in two years.

That's a fate that turned reality for Ben and Jackee Belnap when their 2-year-old son chose to have fun with the family shredder according to CBS affiliate CBS4Indy.

They had kept aside $1,060 (78,552 INR) cash in a white envelope to repay Ben's parents who had initially paid for the football matches at the University of Utah.

Their two-year-old son helps shred junk mail, and was trying to be helpful.

The Belnaps have been saving up money for the previous year to pay Ben's parents back for University of Utah football season tickets.

It turns out the couple might not be out all that money.

Recalling the moment Jackee opened up the shredder, Ben, of Bountiful, Ut., told KSL-TV: 'I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, "I found it". "You can't say we just laughed", said Jackie. "We didn't know what to do and then I broke the silence and I'm like, 'Well, this will make a great wedding story one day, '" Jackee told KSLTV.

Apparently their 2-year-old son Leo is familiar with the shredder. There is a government office that deals with mutilated cash.

"Honestly in my heart, I said some day this is going to be really amusing", Ben agreed, adding that most parents only have to deal with their kids drawing on their walls.

Understandably Leo has been banned from the shredder.

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