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Toddler Shreds $1K in Cash

Parents had saved it for college football tickets
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2018 2:37 AM CDT
Toddler Shreds $1K in Cash
The Belnaps might have the money back in a year or two.   (Ken Tannenbaum/Getty Images)

Leo Belnap, a 2-year-old boy in Holladay, Utah, loves putting junk mail and other paper in the shredder that he sometimes helps his mom with. Unfortunately for his parents, some of the paper he put through it recently was green and had pictures of presidents on it. Ben and Jackee Belnap say Leo shredded an envelope containing $1,060 they had saved to reimburse Ben's father for Utah Utes season tickets, People reports. 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 Belnaps believe Leo put the envelope in the shredder when they weren't looking. "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 tells KSL. But they might eventually get the money back. Ben says he found out about a government department that deals with mutilated cash. "I called the guy the next morning and he said, 'Oh, we might be able to help you here,' and I was shocked," Ben says. "He said, 'Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to DC, and in one to two years, you'll get your money back.'" (More Utah stories.)

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