Ben and Jackee Belnap were planning to save up cash to pay Ben’s parents back for what they owed them for football tickets. They had saved up $1,060 so far. But over the weekend, their 2-year-old son, Leo, put the envelope containing the money through the shredder.
“I’m 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.’”
Leo is familiar with how the shredder works, as his mother says he often helps her shred junk mail, according to KSL-TV.
“We just, 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 said.
The couple may not be out all the money after all: there is a government office 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 said. “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.’”
In the meantime, little Leo will probably be banned from going anywhere near the shredder.