Getting your movies from iTunes just became a whole lot more appealing – as far as I know, you can’t go to jail for keeping a .m4v file for too long. You can, however, go to jail for failing to return your rented copy of the 2005 Jennifer Lopez-starring movie Monster-in-Law. One South Carolina woman became all too familiar with that fact after going to a police station to report a crime and then getting arrested herself for an outstanding rental-related warrant.
Kayla Michelle Finley rented Monster-in-Law back when the movie was first released. After watching the entirely forgettable film, Finley forgot she had it in her possession in the first place. Failing to return it, she moved out of state and according to her own account, didn’t receive the letters sent to her by the video store asking her if she could please give them back the missing piece of their J.Lo collection – like a table with three legs, Maid in Manhattan, Gigli, and The Wedding Planner didn’t seem complete without their cinematic companion piece.
Nine years passed, Lopez’s film career mercifully dwindled, and Finley found herself in a police station to report a crime (she was attempting to press charges against someone for harassment and stalking). That’s when the intrepid detectives at the Pickens, South Carolina police station realized they had a hardened criminal in their midst. They arrested Finley, charged her with petty larceny, and put her in jail for the night. She was released the next morning after posting a $2,000 bail
After her run in with the law over Monster-in-Law, Finley went to the Facebook page of the news station that broke the story to tell her side of the tale: “I’m no criminal,” she wrote, “but Pickens county sheriffs office sure made me feel like I was… Not once did I ever receive anything regarding this, if I had it would have been taken care of immediately. Some of you need to quit judging like you are. This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it.”
Bogus or no, until the case is settled in court video stores in South Carolina and surrounding states might be wise to pull their copies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Jersey Girl off shelves while Finley remains at large.