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A former Oklahoma resident now living in Texas recently learned that she had an active warrant for a felony embezzlement charge for the past two decades after allegedly never returning a rented VHS tape in 1999. 

Caron McBride told Fox 25 that she first was made aware of the charge when she tried to change her name on her driver’s license after getting married in Texas. McBride said she tried to make an appointment with the Department of Motor Vehicles under restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic but received an email back that she had an "issue in Oklahoma."

She said she then called the reference number provided, which connected to the Cleveland County District Attorney's Office. A woman over the phone told McBride that she had been charged with felony embezzlement of rented property in March, 2000.

Court documents available online showed that McBride was accused of never returning "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" on VHS tape to a "Movie Place" in Norman, Oklahoma in 1999, Fox 25 reported. 

"The first thing she told me was felony embezzlement, so, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack," McBride told Fox 25. "She told me it was over the VHS tape and I had to make her repeat it because I thought, this is insane. This girl is kidding me, right? She wasn't kidding."...

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How does a rented VHS tape turn into a felony charge? That is a bizarre situation.

 

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14 minutes ago, aomagrat said:

Apparently compounded late fees accumulate faster than compounded interest.

The video store has been closed since 2008 and the video was rented many years before that. What is the statute of limitations on an overdue  video, I wonder?

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I still remember seeing the first porn on VHS around 80 or 81. A friend called early in the morning, before school and told me that his mom was working and his old brother was out of town. He didn't bring back his rentals from the weekend yet.

Needless to say I skipped school and we binge watched 2 or 3 porn tapes that morning. I was way too young... but I enjoyed every minute of it.

When my dad tried to have that sex talk with me years later, I told him about the tapes we had been watching on a regular basis, and that was that.

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Store goes broke. Bankrupt. Receivers want to make back anything they can. They find old late charges and non returned tapes and file charges. They will drop charges if the people pay massive late fees including compound interest. 

We owned the oldest independent family owned video store in Utah. We were a little neighborhood store specializing in classic, western and SiFi movies for an aging customer base. We outlasted most of the big chains.

We Got info packets from bankruptcy attorneys on how to pull this sort of crap on old customers after we closed. 

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15 minutes ago, Batesmotel said:

Store goes broke. Bankrupt. Receivers want to make back anything they can. They find old late charges and non returned tapes and file charges. They will drop charges if the people pay massive late fees including compound interest. 

We owned the oldest independent family owned video store in Utah. We were a little neighborhood store specializing in classic, western and SiFi movies for an aging customer base. We outlasted most of the big chains.

We Got info packets from bankruptcy attorneys on how to pull this sort of crap on old customers after we closed. 

Then the receivers should be charged with fraud for renting counterfeit movies. Maybe the owner(s) of the copyrights of that video would like to be involved. And I wonder what percentage of that rental store inventory was counterfeit - copyright violations. 

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18 minutes ago, Batesmotel said:

Store goes broke. Bankrupt. Receivers want to make back anything they can. They find old late charges and non returned tapes and file charges. They will drop charges if the people pay massive late fees including compound interest. 

We owned the oldest independent family owned video store in Utah. We were a little neighborhood store specializing in classic, western and SiFi movies for an aging customer base. We outlasted most of the big chains.

We Got info packets from bankruptcy attorneys on how to pull this sort of crap on old customers after we closed. 

The charges were brought against her 8 years before the store closed, about a year after the video was rented. I still don’t see how neglecting to return a video could ever be a felony.

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33 minutes ago, Eric said:

The charges were brought against her 8 years before the store closed, about a year after the video was rented. I still don’t see how neglecting to return a video could ever be a felony.

It should never be. But bottom feeders will try. 

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52 minutes ago, Eric said:

The charges were brought against her 8 years before the store closed, about a year after the video was rented. I still don’t see how neglecting to return a video could ever be a felony.

If the pictured video is actually THE one she rented and didn’t return, it sure looks pristine after 20 or so years knocking around since it was rented. 

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