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'Monster-in-Law' Arrest

Woman Jailed

For Overdue Video Rental

2/15/2014 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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An out-of-business video store in South Carolina just taught a former customer a very hard lesson -- DON'T BAIL ON RETURNING VIDEOS OR YOU'LL BE ARRESTED!!!!!

Kayla Finley was arrested Thursday when she visited the Pickens County Sheriff's Office on an unrelated matter ... and according to reports cops discovered she had a nearly 10-year-old warrant.

Turns out Kayla allegedly rented "Monster-in-Law" from Dalton Video in 2005 but never returned it ... so the store owner got the police involved before going out of business.

It's unclear when Dalton Video went out of business ... but cops say they've been trying to get in touch with her about the warrant for years and never heard back.

Kayla swore she never got a notice -- but was hauled off to jail anyway ... and released a few hours later on bond.

The charge she's facing: "failure to return rented video cassette."

Fun Fact: "Monster-in-Law" has a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Az9936d@hotmail.com    

It's very unfortunate, but the real crime was renting a Jennifer Lopez movie!

168 days ago
17.

Kevin    

wow and yet we let abusers, druggy's and illegals continue to come back into the country

168 days ago
18.

kitten roulaine    

That's just ridiculous. If the owner wanted to exact some sort of justice he/she could have filed a small claims suit. Who still had vcr's in 2005 anyway!!

168 days ago
19.

M    

Just one more southern state I never plan on visiting.

168 days ago
20.

Joey    

Netflix and On Demand killed the video stores.

But honestly, she was jailed for this? Youd think theyd write her up for a court appearance to appear later not actually arrest her.

168 days ago
21.

Wow ...    

Why didn't they just charge her for replacement? Outrageous. Our courts have enough to deal with, like real crimes and criminals.

168 days ago
22.

Dab710    

That's what you GET for not switching over to DVD's like everyone else by 2005

168 days ago
23.

ceebee505    

The owner of the video store should be totally embarrassed. They don't even make Vcr tapes anymore. Thank god she was white. If she was black she may have gotten the death penalty, lol

168 days ago
24.

Raymond Madigan    

The same **** happened to me years ago. I live in SC and didn't return some movies and got to spend a night in jail and pay a bunch of fines.

168 days ago
25.

Seriously?!?    

What a waste of resources! Even law enforcement should be embarrased over this.

168 days ago
26.

CARAMEL96    

This is ridiculous. The warrant is 10 years old and the video store is closed. The police and owner of the store is so wrong. The police should have never arrested her for that BS. People are getting killed and robbed and they go after someone for a VHS tape.

168 days ago
27.

Just Steve    

And im pretty sure they chose to arrest or over that guy they cought selling dope. Typical

168 days ago
28.

ricosauve15    

Isn't watching that movie punishment enough

168 days ago
29.

ChubRub    

There is no such thing as "debtors prison" any longer. (Unless its's the IRS) This is a joke. The owed movie value should have been reported on her credit report, end of story. I hope she gets a lawyer and sues the judge who approved this warrant. Unbelievable.

168 days ago
30.

OCSeahawksfan    

Waste of resources! The owner of that video store should be ashamed for getting the police involved and the judge that approved that warrant should be thrown off the bench. What a bunch of idiots.

168 days ago
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