Parents horrified after toddler shreds more than €900 they had saved up
A toddler in the United States has gone viral after he shredded $1,060 (around €920) that his parents had saved up to repay a debt.
Ben and Jackee Benlap,form Holladay, Utah, had been putting the money aside to pay back Ben's parents for season passes to the local football team.
They recently took out the money to go pay for the season tickets and left it in an envelope in the house. However, when they went to grab the money again, it was gone.
The couple began searching throughout the house, but the money appeared to be gone - until Jackee looked into their shredder, where she found the $1,060 torn up.
They immediately knew that their 2-year-old son, Leo, was the culprit.
So me and my wife had been saving up to pay for our @Utah_Football tickets in cash. 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. pic.twitter.com/93R9BWAVDE
— BB (@Benbelnap) October 2, 2018
Jackee explained to local news outlet KSL that the toddler helps her shred junk mail - and the pair suspect the little boy thought he was helping.
"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.' "
And while the couple had initially been resigned to just accepting that sometimes children help in some more...creative ways, it turns out that there may be some good news: the money may not be gone after all.
Jackie and Ben can submit the money to the US Department of Treasury Mutilated Currency Division for exchange - although, it may take two years to go through.
“I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked.
“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.’”