A Utah family’s hard earned savings have been lost after their toddler placed $1000 worth of notes through an electronic shredder.

Ben and Jackee Belnap had taken the cash out to pay for their season tickets for their local college football team, but their young son had other ideas, shares Yahoo news.

“As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh,” Ms Belnap told US television station KRON4.

The mother revealed her son regularly joins in when they shred their mail.

After stumbling over a white envelope with the cash inside he placed it through the shredder.

“Most people they say, ‘Oh, a kid drew crayon on the wall’ or something. I’ve never heard of a kid shredding a grand,” Leo’s father said of the money they had been saving for a year.

Thankfully there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the couple with the US Department of Treasury confirming they may be eligible to get all their money back. BUT it could take years.

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  • This could have had disastrous repercussions – what if their toddler son had put his fingers into the shredder to push the package down? My shredder only takes a maximum of 5 sheets of paper, and it is dangerous enough – hate to think how big their shredder is.


  • This is classic… love it!


  • 1. Why would you let a toddler use a shredder even with supervision?
    2. Why would you leave the shredder where the child can reach it?
    I hope the parents have fun re-attaching the money correctly to match valid serial numbers.


  • I’m with the previous commentor on this one- why would you be teaching your kid to use a shredder and then to leave something like that unattended where the child could then use it unsupervised? Very irresponsible. But I do feel for them about the money, that would be a horrible way to learn a lesson.


  • I don’t see anything funny about this. I’d never let my children play with something this dangerous for a start. Also why did they just leave this money laying around if it was their hard earned cash. Does this mean they won’t be able to get their season tickets now?


  • Now this is something you don’t hear about everyday, I would not be laughing, I don’t see the funny side of it at all.


  • OMG! I can’t imagine me laughing at all, unless hysterically. I would be crying… loudly and for a long time.


  • OMG
    They must be exceptional people to laugh. I would be mortified!


  • oh no! poor parents. However its lucky he did not get his little fingers shredded..


  • Oh no!!!! That’s terrible.

    But we don’t use cash these days…so unlikely this would happen to us.

    But I can imagine loosing things like birth certificate or photos…


  • They certainly learned a valuable lesson about supervision.


  • I’d be worried about a toddler having unsupervised access to a shredder – what about little fingers?


  • Oh no, I don’t think I would find it funny, I would feel sick to the stomach


  • Oh my goodness! Not sure I’d be able to laugh …


  • Clearly children and shredders do not go well together for so many reasons!


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