Parents from Holladay, Utah, were stunned when their 2-year-old boy shredded their cash savings. That was the money they had been tucking away to pay for University of Utah football season tickets.
Ben Belnap is an avid football supporter. However, he and his wife, Jackee Belnap, did not have much money as young parents with a child, so they could not afford expensive items like season tickets.
Fortunately, Belnap’s parents kindly loaned them the money so that the pair could cheer on their favorite football team.
Belnap and his wife were grateful for the present and immediately began saving money to repay his parents.
However, they could not find their envelope with $1,060 when they planned to pay back the money though they searched every room, drawer, and surface in the house, turning up couch cushions and inspecting every nook and cranny.
Jackee eventually ran out of options and decided to look at the last place she could think of—the shredder.
Indeed, the money had vanished—it had been shredded into a thousand pieces.
By shredding the envelope, Leo thought he was helpful, according to the parents. He used to shred stuff while his parents were not around. Jackee sobbed at first.
“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 recalled according to TODAY.
Their story went viral after they shared it on Twitter. Internet users were shocked by the incident and expressed their sympathies.
To cheer them up, some people adopted a somewhat different approach and told jokes.
Belnap even was contacted and offered tickets to a Utah game after a tweet reached the Budweiser team.
In addition, Belnap and his wife have finally followed their supportive Twitter followers’ advice and contacted the U.S. Treasury to relate their story, hoping to recover the funds or at least a portion of them.
It was suggested that the Mutilated Currency Redemption Service could help, according to Parenting Isn’t Easy. It is a function of the Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
If the damage meets certain conditions, they can exchange destroyed bills for fresh ones. For example, more than half of the note must be recognizable as U.S. currency, and security characteristics such as the serial number must be distinguished.
According to the department’s website, the Department of Treasury’s Mutilated Currency section gets roughly 30,000 claims worth about $30 million each year.
The Treasury appears to believe that at least some of the destroyed money will be saved though it will take anywhere from six months to three years.
The parents believed that these events were part of raising a child. However, Leo is no longer permitted to use the shredder.
“We have a lot of Leo moments. Most of them are just funny, and we laugh about them for days,” Jackee shared. “This was one of those moments that wasn’t his greatest but we love him.”
So me and my wife had been saving up to pay for our @Utah_Football tickets in cash. We pulled our money out yesterday to pay my mom for the season… Well we couldn’t find the envelope until my wife checked the shredder. Yup. 2 year old shredded $1,060. pic.twitter.com/93R9BWAVDE— BB (@Benbelnap) October 2, 2018