Toddler shreds over $1,000 in cash after finding parents' stash

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A few Twitter users doubted the Belnap's story, but Ben Belnap took to Twitter yet again to show that it was not a stunt to gain attention.

Ben Belnap is a huge Utah Utes fan, and when his parents gifted him with season tickets to the sports team, he was over the moon. They had withdrawn the cash to pay back a family member for the tickets and placed the money in an envelope. The envelope of money was ready to go, but it disappeared over the weekend.

After searching for the cash they began to worry that the $1000 may have gone out with the rubbish when Jackee finally found it inside the shredder.

"Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of", Jackee told news station KSL TV.

The couple discovered their 2-year-old son, Leo, had used the envelope and its contents to experiment with his parents' paper shredder.

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As for Leo, his parents say he's banned from using the shredder anytime soon.

The couple's initial reaction? "I've never heard of a kid shredding grand", said Ben. "We were just baffled that this could happen".

"I cried for a minute".

"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".

The Belnaps might not be out that money forever. There is still hope that the couple will get their money back - albeit in an year or two - thanks to a government office that deals with mutilated cash. Examples include water damaged or burned cash, according to the bureau's website. Though it would have been a bit harsh on a 2-year-old kid, a couple from Utah seems to have left it a bit too late with their son.