A woman in Texas would probably hit rewind and go back in time to take care of a VHS movie rental if she could.
Caron McBride told KTIV she thought she was “gonna have a heart attack” when she found out from the Cleveland County District Attorney's Office she was a wanted criminal after she allegedly failed to return "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" to Movie Place in Norman, Oklahoma, decades ago.
“I had lived with a young man, this was over 20 years ago,” McBride told the station. “He had two kids, daughters, that were 8, 10, 11 years old, and I'm thinking he went and got it and didn't take it back or something. I don't know. I have never watched that show in my entire life, just not my cup of tea.”
In March 2000, McBride was charged with felony embezzlement of rented property but she only recently found out she was in trouble when she got married and then went to change her name on her driver’s license.
“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,” she said. “Meanwhile, I'm a wanted felon for a VHS tape."
Movie Place closed in 2008.
“I mean, I didn't try to deceive anyone over Samantha [Sabrina] the Teenage Witch, I swear,” McBride said.
It turns out McBride’s ignorance of her charges and the warrant issued against her were not bliss when it came to her career.
McBride shared with KTIV that there have been several times through the years when she’s been fired from a job without explanation.
“This is why,” she said, “because when they ran my criminal background check, all they're seeing is those two words: felony embezzlement."
The Cleveland County District Attorney's Office ultimately decided to dismiss the case against McBride, and in order to completely clear her record she must now have the case expunged, KTIV reported.