Toddler shreds $1,000 cash of parents’ savings


They call it the terrible twos for a reason, that age when kids are into everything and pushing your buttons at every turn.

Problem is, one little boy in Utah pushed an actual button that sent his parents into a panic.

Every family has its pastimes.

Two-year-old Leo Belnap loves his bike. For his dad, Ben Belnap, it’s always been University of Utah football.

“I love the atmosphere! You hear the band from a distance and you’re like, ‘It’s football season!’” Ben said.

And his wife, Jackee, figured it was a package deal.

 “I married him.”

“Hahaha! That’s true.”

They saved up for season tickets, had the cash all ready at home to pay his parents back for them.

“I am putting this in an envelope. I am labeling it Utah Utes, $1,060, and I’m going to put it right here so we don’t forget to take it up,” Jackee said.

But this past weekend, that envelope vanished.

It turns out little Leo had found a new pastime.

“I’m out digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it’,” Ben said. “She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here. We started laughing. We were just baffled that this could happen.”

“I cried for a minute. You can’t say we just laughed.”

“A few tears and then a bunch of laughs.”

The evidence is still right there on the table.

“I know there are $700 bills, so I guess that kind of helps. If this was all tens, it’d be a pile this big,” Ben said.

And they might get it all back. It turns out, there’s a government department dedicated to mutilated cash.

“He said bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and between one to two years, you’ll get your money back,” Ben said.

There will be a lot of football games over the next couple of years. When that $1,060 comes back, Leo will be a much bigger Utah fan.

And that bike just might have some pedals on it.

Jackee says Leo has always helped her shred things.

Ben says, no more and he’s grounded from that shredder!

They’re having a good laugh about the whole thing now and Jackee says it’ll make a good wedding story for Leo one day down the road.

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