Utah Toddler Shreds Over $1,000 Parents Had Saved to Pay Debt

The remains of $1,060 that were put through a shredder by a two-year-old in Utah

Toddler shreds $1000 in cash that his parents saved for college football season tickets

Ben and Jackee Benlap were ready to give Ben's parents $1,060 after they paid for the couple's season tickets to Utah Utes games.

The person believed to be responsible was their son, Leo.

They finally hit their target last week - but when the couple went to dig out the envelope, were horrified to discover what had happened to it.

A two year-old boy accidentally shredded $1,060 of cash his parents had spent over a year saving for football season tickets.

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That's why I kill myself for him every game, because I want to give back everything he teaches us on a daily basis. Why should the police need to be there? "There's loads of reasons why the games didn't go our way", he concedes.

The Belnap family's savings have taken a considerable blow after their toddler, Leo, placed $1000 worth of notes through an electronic shredder.

"I called the guy the next morning and he said, 'Oh, we might be able to help you here, ' and I was shocked", Ben Belnap said. He had been helping her shred junk mail and documents, she told KSL Apparently, he thought he was being helpful this time, too.

Leo Belnap, a 2-year-old boy in Holladay, Utah, loves putting junk mail and other paper in the shredder that he sometimes helps his mom with.

"As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh", said Jackee.

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The couple's two-year-old son, Leo, had shredded the money in the family's paper shredder.

It turns out the couple might not be out all that money. The US Department of the Treasury can reimburse people for mutilated currency as a free public service, provided that the pieces of the bills can be returned.

While they're upset, the Jackee and Ben have had a good sense of humor about it all.

"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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