A Texas woman recently learned she had been charged with a felony after not returning a VHS tape to a rental store 21 years ago.
Caron McBride, a former Oklahoma resident, faced a felony embezzlement charge for not returning “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” to a movie rental store in 1999, according to KTVT-TV, CBS-11, in Fort Worth.
McBride told KOKH-TV, Fox-25, in Oklahoma, that she learned about her charges after trying to change her name following her marriage in Texas.
“I thought I was gonna have a heart attack,” McBride said. “They told me that I had an issue in Oklahoma and this was the reference number for me to call this number and I did. Meanwhile, I’m a wanted felon.”
McBride was charged in March 2000 for felony embezzlement of rented property. The location, Movie Place, went out of business eight years later.
She said she didn’t recall renting “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and believes it may have been an old roommate. “He had two kids, daughters that were 8, 10 or 11 years old, and I’m thinking he went and got it and didn’t take it back or something. I have never watched that show in my entire life, just not my cup of tea.”
McBride said she also believes she may have been let go at different jobs during those 21 years since the charges due to the felony showing up on a background check.
The charges were eventually dropped by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office after her story aired on local television. The district attorney’s office said McBride will need to get her case expunged to clear her record, KTVT-TV reported.
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