The envelope of money was ready to go, but it disappeared over the weekend.
"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".
He'll be married with kids of his own and still be reminded about that time he sent more than $1,400 (USD$1,000) of his parents' hard-earned cash through the shredder. When the couple was unable to find the envelope they started searching the house.
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Ben Belnap, the father, said to KSL-TV, "I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, 'I found it'".
Leo Belnap often helps his mom Jackee shred junk mail - so when he saw a pile of green bills next to the shredder, he thought he knew just what to do. "I looked through that and then it made me think to look in the shredder".
"We were silent for about five minutes and just sorted money out and then I broke the silence and said, 'this will make a great wedding story someday, '" said Jackee.
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The couple said Leo is now banned from going near the shredder.
A couples money has gone to shreds. There is a government office that deals with mutilated 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.
Luckily, the treasury department could soon redeem some or all of the money.
The only drawback is that it may take up to two years.
If we consider the numerous life lessons parents would like to give their child, understanding the "value of money" is one of the most important ones.
Surprisingly, they may be able to salvage the ruined money after all - there's a United States government agency that specialises in mutilated cash.