Evidently, Leo occasionally helps his mother shred junk mail and other sensitive documents, and is very familiar with how the machine operates. His parents believe he was simply trying to help out when he spotted the white envelope and decided it was junk. Understandably, Jackee's initial reaction was to cry, though she eventually couldn't help but laugh.
“We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking." she recalled in an interview with local NBC affiliate KSL. "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.'"
As upsetting as the situation was, and as destroyed as the stash of cash may be at the moment, it seems as though the couple won't be out the full $1,060 after all. That's because the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has its own "Mutiliated Currency Division," which functions to help people just like the Belnaps and "redeems" everything from burned to waterlogged, and even rodent-chewed cash. The Belnaps have been in touch with them, and are planning to send what remains of the money in Ziploc bags to Washington, DC to have it checked out. Hopefully, it'll be processed quickly, and they could get it back in as soon as six months.
In any event, it's safe to say Leo has been warned to steer clear of that shredder.
h/t Washington Post