Toddler shreds $1000 that his parents saved to pay off debt

When your parents lend you money as an adult you feel extremely grateful. But you’re also thinking of the quickest way to pay them the money back to thank them. Parents look out for you even when you have a family of your own which is such a gift when you need some serious advice or insight.

Ben and Jackee Belnap from Halladay Utah are die-hard University of Utah fans and have always wished to have season tickets to support their favorite team.

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Of course, those tickets aren’t very cheap and these young parents of their little toddler Leo have plenty of other expenses.

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But one day Ben’s parents gifted him and his partner Jackee the money so they could enjoy all of the football festivities. Ben was so thankful for his parent’s generosity but knew he wanted to pay them back. So Ben and Jackee started saving up to pay back Ben’s kind-hearted parents.

They put away anything they could and stowed it away in a special envelope.

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When Ben and Jackee finally had the full amount to pay Ben’s parents back the envelope had $1060 inside. They were so excited to bring the money to his parents and planned to visit his parents as soon as possible. So when that day came to repay Ben’s parents they went to grab the $1060 envelope.

But it was nowhere to be found… they searched high and low even digging through garbage to find that very expensive envelope.

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Until Jackee holds up the paper shredder and dissects every piece when she sees what looks like shredded money loaded inside of the paper shredder. She wasn’t wrong… the $1060 poured out like confetti. They both looked at their 2-year-old son Leo who helps mom shred junk mail.

Ben and Jackee stood in silence knowing their 2-year-old just shredded over $1000.

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Jackee told KSL News saying,

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.’ “

You have to break the tension somehow! In hindsight, this story will definitely be hilarious for this Utah couple. Ben Belnap posted on Twitter the shocking story and people everywhere were just as shocked as them.

It took Ben and Jackee a few hours to get over the mind-boggling incident but now they can surely get a good laugh out of this one. It also turns out all of that shredded money isn’t worthless after all!

The Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has a Mutilated Currency Redemption Service where they have a team of people to help piece together damaged currency.

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How cool is that!? As soon as Ben Belnap got word of them he called to explain his situation the BEP told them,

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

Even if it does take a range from one to two years to get the money back Ben was still shocked it was even a possibility. Ben even went to Twitter saying,

After this wild incident, we’re sure there’s a lock on the paper shredder now. As for little Leo he might owe a few bucks to his parents down the line.

Accidents are inevitable but they sure make for great stories!

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Source: ParentingIsntEasy, CNN, BEP