Utah parents Ben and Jackee Belnap spent a year saving up $1,060 to buy University of Utah season tickets.
The couple told USA Today that they kept the money in a locked file cabinet, but took it out recently because it was almost time to pay.
They placed the money in an envelope and put in on the counter. Then over the weekend — it vanished.
The parents, who have a 2-year-old son, started a frantic search around the house. That’s when Jackee picked up the paper shredder.
Ben told KSL-TV:
“I’m digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it.’ She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here.’”
All eyes were on their toddler, Leo, who had helped mom shred paper in the past.
The mom and dad had mixed emotions about the situation. Ben told USA Today:
“We started laughing. We were just baffled that this could happen.”
“I cried for a minute. You can’t say we just laughed.”
The dad tweeted about the situation and it quickly took off on social media, garnering thousands of shares.
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
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.
Thankfully, the parents will likely be able to get their money back thanks to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
They help citizens who have cash that’s been damaged, Ben said:
“I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked. He said, ‘Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you’ll get your money back.’”
Though they’ll eventually get their cash back, the parents said their son won’t be allowed to use the paper shredder again any time soon.
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