Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash

Ben and Jackee Belnap — of Holladay Utah — told local media that they had to laugh at the mishap. They also cried a little

Teaching your children the value of money is one of the many life lessons you will give as a parent.

The problem? They couldn't find it anywhere. They had the $1,060 ready in an envelope but were left searching the home when it disappeared over the weekend. They looked everywhere; under rugs, in the couch, in drawers.

She found the money, but not exactly in its proper form.

"Honestly in my heart, I said someday this is going to be really amusing", said Ben.

"Leo had no idea he did anything wrong", said Jackee, "It felt unfair to get mad and he probably doesn't even know what cash is as we use our credit card for nearly everything".

Two years might be a long time to wait, but when that money does come back, little Leo will probably still be banned from going anywhere near their shredder.




Ben shared a snap of a sheepish-looking Leo - and the shredded cash - on Twitter afterwards.

The mom said Leo enjoyed helping her shred the bills, but they usually turned it off after they use it. But as they say, it's better late than never!

They started tearing the house apart to search for the cash - under the rugs, in the drawers, in the couch, even in the garbage, News4Utah reported.

"We have a lot of Leo moments". The couple had borrowed the money to purchase season tickets to the University of Utah's football games, KSL-TV reported.

This is the route the couple hopes to take. "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'".

Even so, Leo is now banned from using the shredder for the time being, the Belnaps told KTVX. The couple told the station a government office which deals in mutilated cash might be able to replace the money, KTVX reports.

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