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Toddler Shreds More Than $1,000 In Cash

One family was left scrambling after more than $1,000 they had been saving disappeared. Searching the entire house, they soon found the culprit was their 2-year-old son.

Toddler Shreds More Than 1,000 In Cash

Ben and Jackee Belnap of Halladay had been saving to pay back Ben’s parents for University of Utah football season tickets. There was $1,060 in an envelope before it disappeared.

“I’m digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it,'” Ben told KSL. “She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here.'”

As the couple emptied the container, their money fell out.

“We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking,” Jackee told KSL. “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.’ ”

The couple’s son Leo, was likely copying what he saw his mom do.

“Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of,” she said.

The toddler apparently sent the envelope through the shredder while they weren’t looking.

“We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. 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 said

There is some good news though. They can submit the money to the US Department of Treasury Mutilated Currency Division for exchange.

“I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked,” Ben said. “He said, ‘Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you’ll get your money back.’”

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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