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Boy, 4, finds cash life savings of his parents under a bed and rips it to shreds

By Mason White 12:31 PM January 5, 2014
The ripped up cash 

By: Shifra Unger
A Chinese couple is devastated after their little boy ripped up their life savings.

The boy’s parents, who regularly allowed their child to rip apart old books, said that the 4-year-old destroyed their life savings when he found the money under a bed.

The boy was left alone by his ​​mother, Liu Fan, 28, in the bedroom of the home in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

The curious boy found the cash, which is worth about $4,500 in a box under the bed, and began to tear it apart while his parents were busy in the next room.

“We do not have much time to read here. It did not really matter when he ripped the old books we had out here, and it was easy to buy very cheap old books at the market,” the couple said.

“I thought if I left him alone with a book for an hour there would be no problem, and we could hear the ripping sound in the kitchen, but I did not think anything of it. My family told me that it was not wise, and now I realize that they were right after finding all our money ripped up,” the mother said.

It was all our savings.

The family had been saving for a deposit on a new apartment.

Fortunately, the family found a generous bank willing to match the value of the notes and exchange them for new ones.