Couple’s 2-year-old son shredded $1060 that they had saved for Utah college football season tickets

A Utah family is scrambling to replace more than $1,000 that their toddler son destroyed in a paper shredder.

Ben and Jackee Belnap had been saving up money to pay Ben’s parents back for season tickets for the University of Utah football team. 

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money.   

Ben and Jackee Belnap had been saving up the money to pay Ben's parents back for season tickets for the University of Utah football team

Ben and Jackee Belnap had been saving up the money to pay Ben's parents back for season tickets for the University of Utah football team

Ben and Jackee Belnap had been saving up the money to pay Ben’s parents back for season tickets for the University of Utah football team

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money

‘I’m digging through the trash and she hollers and says, “I found it,:”‘ Ben explained to KSL-TV. ‘She’s holding the shredder and she says, “I think the money is in here.”‘

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

‘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,’ Jackee said.

Leo is all too familiar with the shredder. 

The couple's two-year-old son, Leo, shredded the money while his parents weren't looking

The couple's two-year-old son, Leo, shredded the money while his parents weren't looking

The couple’s two-year-old son, Leo, shredded the money while his parents weren’t looking

Ben claims to have talked to an office in DC that will replace the money in one to two years

Ben claims to have talked to an office in DC that will replace the money in one to two years

Ben claims to have talked to an office in DC that will replace the money in one to two years

‘Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of,’ she said. 

Luckily for the Belnaps, there is a government office that helps those with 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 asserted. ‘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.”‘

While the wait time may seem daunting, at least the family can get their money back eventually. 

The Bureau pf Engraving and Printing under the US Department of the Treasury tackles roughly 30,000 claims a year concerning mutilated money, according to their website

The money valuation for those claims comes out to roughly $30million. 

‘Your money is important,’ the agency said on their website. ‘However, please know that heavy volume and the precise nature of the work may result in lengthy wait times.’ 

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