Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

2-year-old sends over $1,000 in cash through shredder

2-year-old sends over $1,000 in cash through shredder

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money.

Leo Belnap is one such 2-year-old.

"Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of", Jackee told news station KSL TV. They looked all over their house, even in the trash.

It was in the shredder.

Ben and Jackee Belnap of Halladay, Utah had meant to use $1,060 of savings to pay back Ben's parents for University of Utah football season tickets. It just may take a while for the them to get it back, as the office's website says there are lengthy wait times.

In shock, Jackee said the two "shuffled" through the shreds of paper for a few minutes in silence.

He is desperately trying to see the positive side of the drama, saying: 'Honestly in my heart, I said someday this is going to be really amusing'.

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"As devastated and as sick as we were", she told News4Utah, "this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh".

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers a solution in the event that a toddler destroys hundreds of dollars by accident. It handles approximately 30,000 claims per year, redeeming more than $30 million in mutilated cash, according to its website.

There is some hope for the couple.

Ben contacted the Treasury Department and he said he was told to ship the shredded cash for possible replacement.

While they're upset, the Jackee and Ben have had a good sense of humor about it all. The money that they had carefully saved up for season tickets wound up in the paper shredder-and 2-year-old Leo is the prime suspect.

In the meantime, Leo will not be using the shredder anymore.

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