Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

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

After searching for the cash they began to worry that the $1000 may have gone out with the rubbish when Jackee finally found it inside the shredder.

Leo is familiar with the shredder because he helps his mother shred "junk mail and important documents".

Immediately, Jackee Belnap said, they knew Leo was the culprit.


"Yup. 2 year old shredded $1,060", Ben tweeted Tuesday. The white envelope the couple stored the money in mysteriously disappeared.

Ben Belnap is a huge Utah Utes fan, and when his parents gifted him with season tickets to the sports team, he was over the moon.

"I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, 'I found it, '" Ben Belnap said.

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


"Honestly in my heart, I said someday this is going to be really amusing", said Ben.

"As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh", Jackee explained to ABC 4. 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. "I've never heard of a kid shredding grand", said Ben. The couple told the station a government office which deals in mutilated cash might be able to replace the money, KTVX reports.

The US Treasury Department allows people to mail in destroyed currency, which can sometimes be reimbursed - although this can take up to three years to happen.

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


"We were silent for about five minutes and just sorted money out and then I broke the silence and said, 'this will make a great wedding story someday, '" said Jackee.

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