They probably don’t allow you to put 2-year-olds to work in the fields. But, listen, if my two-year-old put $1,060 of my money through a shredder for giggles, he’d be out there harvesting whatever to make up for it!
Two-year-old Leo Belknap of Salt Lake City, UT put $1,060 cash belonging to parents Ben and Jackee Belknap through their paper shredder, as reported by CBS News.
The Belknaps had been saving up to pay Ben’s parents back for University of Utah football season tickets that weekend. Venmo might not have reached Utah yet, so Ben and Jackie had the cash in an envelope just laying around on a counter for a two-year-old who knows about office equipment to fuck with.
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 said that when the money went missing, they looked everywhere and she finally got the idea to check in the shredder.
“We realized it was gone the next day and started to search. We searched everywhere in our house and could not find it. I have a bin where I put junk mail and any files I want shredded and my son and I shred it when it gets full. I looked through that and then it made me think to look in the shredder.”
Parenting styles vary. For instance, some parents probably wouldn’t teach a two-year-old how to use office equipment whose primary function is slashing things into unrecognizable litle strips. But then again, maybe it’s more educational than Dinosaur Train or they’re preparing him for a career in the White House.
“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.
The couple lets Leo help them shred their junk mail, which is quality time they’re probably regretting. They didn’t flip out, though, so lil’ Leo is lucky. He could have ended up in juvie!
“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 almost everything.”
There’s sort of a happy ending to this. The government has a department that deals with mutiliated currency. The Belknaps will probably be able to get their cash back in its proper form. It might take six months to three years, though, so they’ve learned not to keep their money laying around.
Workhouses are a Dickensian sort of concept but we might have a place for them in today’s society if children are just gleefully shredding currency.