Caron McBride was hit with a nasty surprise after attempting to get her name changed on her Texas drivers' license after she got married.
McBride was told she had an "issue" in the state of Oklahoma and was given a number to call. She learned she had a record of a felony charge for failing to return a VHS tape to a local video store....in 1999.
The tape was of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The charges were filed in 2000 and the video store closed in 2009.
But that didn't make the charges on her record go away.
As the tape in question was rented over 20 years ago, McBride said she had no recollection of borrowing it in the first place.
In fact, McBride thinks it was likely borrowed under her account by a man she was living with at the time for his two young daughters.
"I mean, I didn't try to deceive anyone over Samantha the Teenage Witch. I swear," she said demonstrating she likely was not the person watching the video, since the Teenage Witch's name is Sabrina—not Samantha.
The real crime here is a video store in the '90s was apparently renting bootleg copies of "Sabrina the Teenage Witc… https://t.co/GwwdTdd1Lr— Angus T. Kirk (@Angus T. Kirk)1619449805.0
"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 i… https://t.co/hTG0hysP1v— Jeff, MPA (🅱️LⓂ️) (@Jeff, MPA (🅱️LⓂ️))1619441865.0
To any woman who dares to marry me in the future, you don’t have to change your name. I understand! I am now a bit… https://t.co/MisUTbssg3— Trafalgar Ryan (@Trafalgar Ryan)1619290192.0
Imagine going to prison over not returning a VHS tape. https://t.co/x3ASGUzQf9— Mister Jones (@Mister Jones)1619289462.0
This particular problem may have also caused issues in employment for McBride, who has been spontaneously let go from several jobs and denied interviews for others.
If a felony charge for theft by embezzlement was showing up on her record, it would present a problem for employers.
Lmaoo that’s wild https://t.co/SijTTWlioX— BIGNOAH 👨🏽💻 (@BIGNOAH 👨🏽💻)1619289257.0
Oklahoma don't play. #VHScapades #1stDegreeLateFees https://t.co/PXTR85fZiU— Donnie Meismer, GED (@Donnie Meismer, GED)1619225845.0
@Erika_Stanish @PyramidHead76 @OKCFOX I have a library book that I borrowed six years ago and have not returned. You’ll never take me alive.— Alexander Williams (@Alexander Williams)1619384403.0
@Erika_Stanish @OKCFOX This happened to my husband with Video To Go ... he had to call the court and they dropped i… https://t.co/yYaRfGC7xr— CetteMoiCindy (@CetteMoiCindy)1619319948.0
WATTTTT https://t.co/wB9PNjABVa— Tanya Ramirez ✊🏽 (@Tanya Ramirez ✊🏽)1619149497.0
"Movie Place," the name of the store the rental was from, reported the tape as stolen in 2000.
McBride was formally charged at that time with "felony embezzlement of rented property."
https://t.co/phIQOhtWei https://t.co/C45dcASb5C— Funky Cold Moderna (@Funky Cold Moderna)1619149166.0
Imagine going to jail over a VHS tape https://t.co/KlYRuB3wnO— Shawn Rosell (@Shawn Rosell)1619235471.0
@Erika_Stanish @OKCFOX This is ridiculous! The charges should be dropped.— Michelle Bergen (@Michelle Bergen)1619361969.0
Fully obsessed with this report. https://t.co/7ivvyuUTZc— Mireya Garcia (@Mireya Garcia)1619136719.0
WILD stuff here. Can't wait for this one tonight at 9! @OKCFOX https://t.co/QsZi9T8QVo— Dan Snyder (@Dan Snyder)1619132482.0
The Cleveland County Oklahoma District Attorney decided not to press charges and dropped the case against McBride. But she still needs to sue the state of Oklahoma to have it expunged from her record.
Nobody deserves to go to have their life ruined over "Samantha" The Teenage Witch.