Toddler feeds $1,000 of his parents’ cash in to the shredder
in New York
LITTLE Leo Belnap loves nothing better than helping his mother put junk mail, credit card statements or other documents with personal information through the family’s shredding machine. So when the two-year-old spotted a bundle of papers on the counter at their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, he knew what to do. He shredded them.
Only in this case it was not a stack of worthless documents – it was an envelope filled with more than $1,000 (£760) in bank notes that his parents had saved to pay for American football tickets. “We realised it was gone the next day and started to search. We searched everywhere in our house and could not find it,” Jackee Belnap told CBS News. “I have a bin where I put junk mail and any files I want shredded and my son and I shred it when it gets full. I looked through that and then it made me think to look in the shredder.”
The money was all there – if not in mint condition. “We were silent for about five minutes and just sorted the money out and then I broke the silence and said, ‘This will make a great wedding story some day,’” said Ms Belnap.
She and her husband knew who the culprit was. “Leo had no idea he did anything wrong,” she said. “It felt unfair to get mad.”
The family has been told they can send the remains to the department of the Treasury, which reimburses tens of thousands of people every year for their mutilated money.
Leo Belnap used a shredder to destroy the cash, below, that had been put aside to buy American football tickets