Ben and Jackee Belnap, a couple from Salt Lake City, found themselves to be in quite the pickle thanks to their 2-year-old son Leo, who got a little too comfortable with the family's shredder. In a now-viral tweet, Ben explained how Leo managed to successfully shred $1,060 that he and his wife had set aside to pay Ben's dad back for University of Utah football season tickets.
"So me and my wife had been saving up to pay for our Utah Football tickets in cash," Ben wrote on Twitter alongside photos of Leo and the destroyed pile of money. "We pulled our money out yesterday to pay my mom for the season . . . Well we couldn't find the envelope until my wife checked the shredder. Yup. 2-year-old shredded $1,060."
"Well we couldn't find the envelope until my wife checked the shredder. Yup. 2-year-old shredded $1,060."
Yikes! Although I'm having actual heart palpitations just hearing the story, Ben and Jackee kept it cool.
"Leo had no idea he did anything wrong," Jackee told CBS, "It felt unfair to get mad, and he probably doesn't even know what cash is as we use our credit card for almost everything."
Fortunately for these laid-back parents, not all is lost. In a follow-up tweet, Ben explained that a man at the treasury assured him he could get his money back. "Actually, I talked with a guy in the treasury department in DC," he wrote. "He thinks they maybe can recover some (or all) of it."
The only catch? It'll take anywhere between six months and three years to be replaced. After Ben and Jackee got to work sorting through all the paper in the shredder, they shared a photo of the end result, and we're tired just looking at it.