Watch out for the long arm of the law, and its equally long memory. A woman has been arrested and jailed after the police said she failed to return a movie she rented in 2005, reported CNN on Feb. 17.
Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, spent one night in jail for not returning a video of Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda’s “Monster-in-Law.” That’s right, Finley was arrested for not returning a VHS tape she rented almost nine years ago.
According to CNN affiliate WYFF-TV, the South Carolina woman was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, for failing to return the movie she rented from the Dalton’s Video store within 72 hours. The owner went to a Pickens County magistrate over the matter, and the judge issued an arrest warrant on Sept. 12, 21005. That store is now out of business.
Finley was at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office attending to another matter, said Chief Deputy Creed Hashe., when the outstanding warrant was discovered. She was then arrested and spent Thursday night in jail until the next day’s bond hearing. A judge released her on a $2,000 bond.
Hashe also said Finley was sent several certified letters requesting that she turn herself in, but that she never did.
Fox Carolina 21 reports Finley denies getting the letters. A woman identifying herself as Finley also posted on the news station’s Facebook page saying she will fight the charge and responding to other users’ posts:
“It’s obvious that Pickens County had nothing better to do. I fully intend on fighting this, it’s ridiculous that I had this happen to me.”
“First of all I was not pulled over, I went to the police station to press charges of [harassment] & stalking. Not once did I ever receive anything regarding this, if [I] had it would have been taken care of immediately. Some of you need to quit [judging] like you are. This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it.”