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VHS rental: Jail time for woman who didn't return JLo movie rented in 2005

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VHS rentals rarely equal jail time. Not so for the movie delinquent Kayla Finley.

Finley’s mug shot looks like she’s about to get a haircut. But the “buzz” on this story is not about the South Carolina woman’s scandalous crimes, it’s the outrageous treatment she received for not returning a movie, rented in 2005, to a video store that’s out of business.

According to the Huffington Post on Friday, Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, ended up spending a night in jail for failing to return the romantic comedy “Monster-in-Law,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. It was a three day rental.

It was so long ago, the rental was an old school VHS tape, and the rental store, Dalton’s Video, has long since closed down.

Nevertheless, cops in Pickens County, S.C. say a warrant was issued for Finley eight years ago after she allegedly ignored several certified warning letters sent by the video store demanding the return of their movie. When the owner of Dalton’s Video did not receive the movie back, the matter was taken to the Pickens County magistrate, who issued the arrest warrant.

Ironically, Finley herself went to the police station on Friday to report a crime, but she was the one that ended up spending a night in jail. She was charged with petit larceny.

Finley denied ever receiving the warnings, and, as you can imagine, was irate that she would be jailed over something so superfluous.

“It’s obvious that Pickens County has nothing better to do,” Finley told Fox News. “I fully intend on fighting this, it’s ridiculous I had this happen to me.”

Finley was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond on Feb. 14, and has a court appearance scheduled for next month.



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