This woman was arrested for failing to return a rental movie… 9 years ago

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There are children currently alive who will never see a VHS movie and might not even be able to recognize one. But you can still, apparently, be arrested for failing to return one to a rental store … at least in South Carolina, where 27-year-old Kayla Finley was jailed overnight for keeping a “Monster-in-Law” VHS she rented in 2005.

That “Monster-in-Law” VHS, per eBay, is worth about 50 cents today. Her bail was set at $2,000.

According to CNN affiliate WYFF-TV, the rental store owner requested a warrant years ago, when Finley didn’t turn in the video. The warrant apparently didn’t surface again until Finley went into the station on another matter last week.

We don’t have to take WYFF’s word for it, though: A woman claiming to be Finley herself took to WYFF’s Facebook page to rage about the arrest. Her profile photo and details match those released by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department and reported by WYFF. (If the comments seem disjointed, it’s for good reason — Finley left them at different points over the three-day weekend, and some are clearly intended as responses to other commenters in the thread, though she rarely specifies which.)

Source – The Washington Post


2 thoughts on “This woman was arrested for failing to return a rental movie… 9 years ago

  1. Hey, she stole. If you’re a thief, you don’t get to just return the depreciated value of what you stole and walk. You are assessed a penalty for the act of wrongdoing. She had to spend a night in jail.

    • I completely agree, she definitely should have some sort of punishment. Having her spend a night in jail is a solid reminder that time shouldn’t be a factor with crimes. It is surprising though, My guess is that she would be required to pay a fine or the original cost of the movie.

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