Skip to comments.Deputies: Pickens woman charged 9 years after failing to return J.Lo movie
Posted on 02/15/2014 11:22:01 AM PST by Dallas59
A Pickens woman has been arrested and charged after deputies said she failed to return a Jennifer Lopez movie she rented in 2005.
Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, has been charged with failure to return a rented video cassette, according to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.
According to warrants Finely rented Monster-In-Law from Dalton Video, which is no longer in business, in 2005 and the tape was not returned within 72 hours.
Finley was sent letters to return the video several times but never responded, according to the warrant. It also said a certified warrant was sent to the woman on Sept. 12, 2005.
Finley denied ever getting those warnings, and said she would fight the charges.
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If the company is out of business why don’t they just charge her for the cost of the video and be done with it? Waste of taxpayer money to arrest, jail, go to court with her.
Didn’t video rental companies used to require a deposit against loss/theft/damage?
Shouldn’t she also be charged with renting a JLo movie?
I wonder if she still owns a VCR?
What is VCR?
I hate these threads. And I don’t know what’s worse about them, the “outrage,” or the way the press gins it up.
She was maybe 18 when she rented it, depending on her birth date. Maybe she wasn’t even legally liable. Stupid to charge her, IMO.
Isn’t there a statute of limitations on petty theft?
Well it was a J Lo movie, she should be charged on that basis alone.
Is there a statute of limitations?
If it’s 10 years, you can sort of see the point.
Arrested for an obsolete vhs video from a store that’s no longer in business.
This is the stupidity of our crazy criminal justice system. Notice nothing was done about her original complaint brought to the police either.
Hope she doesn’t have any overdue library books. Probably a capital crime.
“Isnt there a statute of limitations on petty theft?”
Probably a limitation on filing charges. She has had a warrant since 05 though
Sounds like they should have had the SWAT Team serve a no knock warrant on her.
Like I said, I hate these threads.
I remember being harassed by a video store for not returning a movie. Problem was, I did return it! Through the return slot. No way to prove I had. I refused to pay for it.
Whats a VCR?.....In this case...Very Costly Rental
I’ll take that as a reminder that I should shoplift from Best Buy. /s
I wonder who she p*ssed off?
She didn’t shoplift. But nice try.
I had that same issue once. What a pain. It’s no wonder video stores went out of business to Netflix.
Criminally ignoring a summons to appear? That's a mulligan. [snort]
-stupid arrest ping.
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
So in my legal opinion that is what the fine should be.
Was the warrant issued in 2005? If it was and she came in contact with police in 2014, and they checked outstanding wants and warrants and found there was one... well, what were they to do? Just ignore it?
sounds like she blew off repeated efforts to settle amicably. no sympathy here. im sure that she could have made this go away by simply replacing the movie, but that time has passed.
I used to work at a family-owned video store back in the 1990s. A first-run video of a Hollywood theatrical release cost over $100. We'd have to buy several copies to keep up with demand while the title was still popular. We rented them for $2/night. This means each copy had to be rented at least 50 times before it paid for itself --and this doesn't count overhead.
People who kept movies and didn't pay the late fees cost us a lot of money. Trying to chase after them was an exercise in futility. I remember the outrage when Blockbuster started sending late fees to collection agencies but I totally understood why they did what they did.
It's a shame we didn't have something in place like Redbox has today where you can keep the movie as long as you want and your credit card keeps getting billed until you return it.
A J Lo movie?
She was probably just incredibly embarrassed that she rented it.
These are not boy scouts we are up against...
statute of limitations?
What she should be charged with is lack of taste in good movies.
Interesting, looking up on their case records in Pickens, it doesn’t show anything on her except for this arrest. I do not see a previous warrant. Maybe they do not record those on there?
Given the U.S. mail system, I’ve no doubt that her summons, if sent at all, was sent to the wrong address, if delivered at all. Given the idiots who work at the county courthouses behind their Plexiglas movie windows, it’s possible they didn’t even send the notice or mailed it to the wrong address. But 9 years later, let’s put her in jail, (because I’m sure she’s a threat to society), order her to appear in court, waste the courts time, then fine her to pay for court costs, because after all, that’s the way our idiot criminal justice *system* works.
Hmmm, maybe indeed she did not receive it?
Did I mention that I hate these threads?
Think of the folks she prevented from seeing it.
She should be put in jail just for renting ANYTHING with Jennifer Lopez
Shouldnt she also be charged with renting a JLo movie?
Isn’t Jane Fonda in that movie too? She’s guilty of bad taste in entertainment!
Maybe there should be threads about the good job prosecutors are doing these days.
This is either a joke or there are too many deputies with too much time on their hands.
Time to start laying them off.
Yah, guaranteed to rocket to 3+ comments.
Seriously, How do they prove she received any warrant info? And, for that matter, how do they prove she did not return the video? Also, I would think when they closed the business, they would have used the loss on their taxes for anything they did not receive back.
Yes. yes you did. :-)
Isn’t the fact she rented a JLo movie punishment enough?
No, this is exactly the way the bureaucrats want the system to function. This girl now has an arrest record, and that makes her easier to *control*, and abuse later. She’s been entered into the *system*.
Clearly a TERRORIST threat! I say send her to Guantanamo and let her rot!
By the way did she rewind the tape? If not then the death penalty would be to good for her!
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