SC woman jailed after failing to return video rental

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Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens, S.C.

PICKENS, S.C. — A South Carolina woman has been arrested, charged and thrown in jail after being accused of failing to return a video.

FOX Carolina reported that Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens, went to the Pickens County Jail Thursday to report an unspecified crime – but instead was charged with one.

The suspect spent a night in jail this week after being accused of renting the romantic comedy “Monster-in-Law” starring Jennifer Lopez back in 2005. But she allegedly failed to return it to Dalton Video, which has since closed.

The store’s former owner, P.J. Dalton, had taken the matter to court nine years ago and gotten a judge to issue a warrant.

The matter remained a cold case until Thursday, when a records check performed at the jail turned up the summons.

Finley reportedly was mailed several warnings by Dalton, and then finally documentation of the court action. But she now claims she never received any of the correspondence, according to her warrant.

Finley is charged with petite larceny, and more specifically, the charge of, “failure to return a video or cassette.”

The charge is a misdemeanor. Police said they had no choice but to serve the warrant for her arrest.

Source: FOX Carolina


  • Chris Boyles

    “Police said they had no choice but to serve the warrant for her arrest.”

    Nothing is trivial in SC as they are one of a handful of states that do not have a statute of limitations on any laws, including misdemeanors.

    Charlestonian James L. Petigru who famously quipped when South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860 that the state was “too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum.”

  • Tberryjack

    I’m glad they took that Terrorist to jail, there’s no telling what she has been planning on doing with that video. I’ve been so worried ever since I heard about her crime, just think, you could have passed her on the sidewalk and not even known how scary she was. She could have been plotting to steal even more Jenny Lopaz videos but then all the video stores closed and stopped her evil plan. I like a lot of other people will sleep a lot easier now that she’s in jail. I’ll bet she didn’t even rewind it. How would YOU like to live next to someone that didn’t rewind their rented video? How scary. Sssicc, Get um SC.

  • Tommy Bishop

    So how many cops have been given a ticket for speeding by a fellow Officer????????? And the cops said they had no choise but to serve the Warrant… What hiporcits

    • Meande

      @Tommy Bishop. The weight of the local Chamber of Commerce could have to do with that if the store is big enough. You have no idea how political police departments are

    • l337g33k

      Two totally separate things. A warrant is a legal court order signed by a judicial official… Not like the cops can say it doesn’t exist. Where as a cop can cut ya break on speeding since it is something appearing in their presence.

  • Debbie

    Sure the cops had to serve the warrant, but there was no reason why she should of stayed overnight in jail. I got served with a warrant once for failure to return library books. The police officer served the warrant and gave me a court date. That could of been handled the same way.

  • David Hedgecock

    Are you believing this? I’ll tell you what ;;;Suffering through a J. Lopez movie ;;especially one with Hanoi Jane Fonda in it should be “Time well served” for this crime. As a matter of fact, she might have a case against the State of S.C. for ‘Cruel and Un-usual Punishment” if they forced her to watch one all the way thru.
    Here’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with out justice system! We are flooded with illegal aliens and are here illegally taking our jobs and breaking our social safety nets, and the local police can not enforce felony warrants against any of them. And this while the Stat of North Carolina debates on whether it would be fair to give them driver’s liscenses and /or special photo ID cards. That’s why we are on the road to ruin as a country;;just like the last days of the Roman Empire’. No, it’s worse, because I’m pretty sure the Romans would never have arrested anyone for not returning a movie video.

  • "Et tu, Brute?"

    No, The Romans tended to either cut off your ears, or hands, depending on the value of an object stolen, and if you didn’t bleed out or die from infection, you were publicly branded a Sinner and ostracized. Either way to the Empire, you were dead..

    • l337g33k

      SC doesn’t have a statute of limitations for misdemeanors. Here in NC it is 2 years for misdemeanors…. indefinite for felonies.

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