A VHS rental meant jail time for Kayla Michelle Finley of Pickens County, N.C. when she did not return a tape from 2005. CNN reported Feb. 17 that Finley spent a night in jail last week for never returning the movie, "Monster-in-Law," starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.
The 27-year-old was charged with misdemeanor, of failure to return the video.
Finley rented the tape from Dalton Videos, but it is no longer in business. So, why did this VHS rental equal jail time for the young woman? According to the report, the woman was at the county sheriff's office regarding another issue when it was discovered she had an active warrant out for her arrest. Apparently the owner of Dalton Videos requested the warrant years ago, but Finley never returned the video. She was reportedly sent numerous certified letters urging her to turn herself in.
Finley had to spend the night in jail since a bond hearing could not be held until Friday morning. She was released on $2,000 bond.
Finley's defense was she had to move-out-of state due to her husband's job...forgetting about the video tape.
"I'm no criminal, but Pickens County Sheriff's office sure made me feel like I was," she wrote on Fox's Facebook page.
Finley lashed out at critics on the Facebook page...declaring that she did not deserve punishment for the VHS rental with jail time.
"If I had, it would have been taken care of immediately," she wrote. "Some of you need to quit (judging) like you are. This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it."
This is almost comical due to the nature of the offense, but it is taken as a misdemeanor. Did law enforcement overreact to this incident?
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