Many kids develop a habit of lending a helping hand to their parents from an early age. But sometimes their innocent actions can create big problems for their parents. Something similar happened with a Utah family, where a 2-year-old kid destroyed more than $1,000 in a paper shredder. Let’s take a look what happened!
Ben and Jackee Belnap had saved $1,060, kept safely in an envelope.
They had been saving this money to pay back Ben’s parents for season tickets for the University of Utah football team. However, the envelope containing the money went missing over the weekend from their Holladay home.
The couple searched the whole house to find the missing money!
I’m digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it, Ben shared, She’s holding the shredder and she says, I think the money is in here. It turns out that their 2-year-old son, Leo, had shredded the money. Jackee told, 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.’
This is not the first time Leo has used the family shredder.
Jackee revealed, Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of. ‘Well there’s still some hope for the Belnaps as there is a government office that deals with the destroyed 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 continued, 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.’
They will have to wait for a long time. However, they will be able to get the money back eventually.
According to their website, The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which is under the US Department of the Treasury, tackles roughly 30,000 claims a year concerning mutilated money. The money valuation for such claims comes out to be around a whopping $30million.’Your money is important, the agency has stated on their website, However, please know that heavy volume and the precise nature of the work may result in lengthy wait times.’