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US woman arrested over nine-year overdue rental video
2 years ago

A woman in South Carolina was arrested and jailed overnight over a nine-year overdue video rental.

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Kayla Finley, 27, had visited a police station to report a crime, only to find a warrant for her arrest had been issued in 2005, when she was 18.

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Ms Finley had rented a VHS copy of romantic comedy Monster In Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.

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According to local television station Fox Carolina, Ms Finley was "shocked and disgusted" at the arrest.

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On the channel's Facebook page, Ms Finley wrote: "I went to the police station to press charges of harassment and stalking. Not once did I ever receive anything regarding this [video]. If I had, it would have been taken care of immediately.

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"This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it."

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Her comment drew support from other online commenters.

"Kayla, this is absolutely ridiculous!" wrote Latisha Hensley, also from South Carolina.

"What a waste of everyone's time and money."

Monster In Law

Police said several warning letters about the overdue video were sent to Ms Finley, but she had since changed address.

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Monster In Law, released in 2005 and directed by Robert Luketic, wasmostly panned by critics.

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A spokesperson for the Pickens County Sheriff's Office was unavailable to speak to the BBC.

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However, prison records confirmed that Ms Finley was arrested last Thursday and kept overnight.

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She was charged with "failure to return rented video cassette" and will appear in court at a later date.

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"I fully intend on fighting this," she told Fox Carolina.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26225971

2 years ago

I have seen some things in my time, but this takes the biscuit, in my opinion the matter is not even a Police matter nor an Arrestable Offence, this matter would come under Contract Law, (ie) Law of Tort to be listed in a Civil Court after filing a Application for Breach of Contract, Rental or Sale of Goods is a Contract between Retailer and Customer,
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in no way is it criminal matter, if this had happed to me in the UK, I would have had a beano in Court with the Police and enjoy every second,

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False Imprisonment and Breaching my Human Right, Rights of Movement, indeed the court would throw the book at the Police, but then again, it would not happen in the UK,
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in addition the Court would fine the Police for wasting Court Time, just a complete waste of taxpayer money, In My Opinion

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