Woman Sent to Jail for Not Returning Movie Rental
South Carolina resident forgot about her 2005 VHS tape
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2014 4:29 PM CST

(Newser) – The weird part of this story is that a woman had to spend the night in jail because she failed to return a movie rental from 2005 to a business that no longer exists, reports WYFF-TV. The sad part is that she went to jail not for Capote, or Brokeback Mountain, or Good Night, and Good Luck, or really any other movie from 2005 besides the one she actually rented: Monster-in-Law, with J-Lo and Jane Fonda. Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, was at the Pickens County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina on a different matter when the old arrest warrant surfaced and deputies took her into custody.

The owner of the video store, when it was still open, had gone to police after sending Finley certified letters asking for the movie back. Because Finley's bond hearing could not be held until the next morning, she spent the night in jail. CNN notes that a woman calling herself Finley explained on the Fox Carolina News Facebook page that she had moved out of state and never got the letters, and had forgotten about the movie. "I'm no criminal, but Pickens County Sheriff's office sure made me feel like I was," she wrote.

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Feb 18, 2014 11:48 AM CST
She rented Monster in-Law, she should be in jail.........
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Feb 17, 2014 9:41 PM CST
i reference, "Banned in Oklahoma" produced by one of my college professors. Same thing happens, police show up to get a movie rented at local Blockbuster. In the end of it all, the city and county share a $50,000 judgement that the renter collects for malicious prosecution. Blockbuster also pays a sealed settlement for their part of the ordeal. Its funny that the police and the DA thought they were just following the law. But in the end, they were following their fractured, fantasy version of their pseudo law expertise.
Feb 17, 2014 9:00 PM CST
Must have been a good porno!