I have a paper shredder and I get an odd satisfaction when I shred stuff. It just feels good. And if you have a paper shredder, maybe you've thought to yourself, "Hey, I bet I could keep my kid occupied for HOURS with this thing!" ... you're probably right, but don't do it!
Ben and Jackee Belnap are parents to two-year-old Leo in Utah ... Ben and Jackee had been saving up cash to repay a loan to a family member, and had also recently taught Leo how to use the paper shredder.
Apparently the couple had been saving money to pay back Ben's parents for University of Utah football season tickets. The dad shared in interview, “I’m digging through the trash and [Jackee] hollers and says, ‘I found it.’ She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here.’”
Their first reaction was to cry over losing their savings, but five minutes later they laughed it off after Jackee realized that Leo probably got the idea to shred the envelope since he loves helping shred junk mail. Plus it didn’t hurt to learn the the US Department of Treasury can reimburse people for mutilated currency. Ben called the bureau and was told he could ship the pieces and they’d replace it for free.
Ben The Benlaps then documented the funny incident on Twitter. Some folks tried start a GoFundMe page to replace the dough, but they turned down the offers. Instead, they asked followers to donate to the Refugee Aid charity.
So yeah, maybe think twice about teaching your kid to use the shredder...or be sure to hide cash somewhere the kiddo can't find it!