An Important Lesson Was Learned On Storing Cash – Paper Shredder

A couple had been saving cash to pay someone back when it disappeared from their home one day, later being found in a place you don’t want cash to be.

By nowproducerdave on October 5, 2018
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

A couple, Ben and Jackee, borrowed some money from Ben’s parents. They wanted to buy season tickets to their favorite college football games. They had been saving up some cash to pay his parents back, but then it came up missing one day.

As the couple was tearing through their home looking for it, they were losing all hope of finding it. Where could it have gone? Why was it just missing? Did someone know about it and get into the house one day to steal it? As they were looking through the trash in a last-ditch effort, Jackee yells out “found it!” Ben runs to see what she has, and sees Jackee holding the paper shredder.

See, Ben and Jackee have a 2-year-old, named Leo. Apparently Leo is a pro at shredding – he helps mom handle business. She gives him papers and things that need to be shredded, and he does the rest. Although it’s an efficient and great system; it failed when Leo found the envelope. “Hey, fun!” Leo must have said as he placed the envelope in the slot. In total, Leo had shredded all $1,060 that was in that envelope. Jackee said as they were digging through the confetti, “We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. We didn’t know what to do and then I broke the silence and I’m like, ‘Well, this will make a great wedding story one day.'”

But what do they do now? Well, there’s actually a cash recovery system. It’s in place to help “rescue” and/or replace cash that might have been destroyed in some disaster (fire, flood, etc). The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a department that deals with this. So if you send them the shredded remains of what you have, in 1 to 2 years it will be replaced. See some more on Ben, Jackee, and Leo’s story here. So a great lesson to learn here is that you should maybe keep envelopes of cash somewhere a child can’t find.

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