Oklahoma Looks Real Petty With This Felony Charge Against Texas Woman
We all have things from our past we'd rather not have to explain in job interviews. Most of us just got lucky we never got popped for weed or public intoxication or whatever that could come up in a background check.
My first husband constantly had to explain himself because, due to a clerical error, a theft charge that resulted from not returning a VHS in the 90s was miscategorized as "theft from a corpse," which is way more unseemly. Or at least that's what he told me. Maybe he really did lift some grandma's ring?
A Texas woman is now having to deal with a similar issue. She has an active warrant for felony embezzlement from not returning a VHS tape 20 years ago. Caron McBride only learned of it when she tried to change to her married name on her driver's license.
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 county responsible for this sheer stupidity has agreed to drop the charges, as the video store is no longer even open and hasn't been for many years. However, the woman will still have to go through the expensive and lengthy process of getting her record expunged or have to constantly explain herself to potential employers -- that is, if they even give her a chance after seeing a felony embezzlement charge.
"Just because the district attorney’s office dismissed the case, it doesn’t make the case completely go away," Ed Blau, who runs a criminal defense firm in Oklahoma City, told KFOR when asked about McBride's predicament. "It’s not as simple as just filling out a form. You actually have to sue the state of Oklahoma and clear your record."
Possibly the worst part? The woman didn't even actually rent the video. She suspects her roommate did under her name. She referred to the missing tape as Samantha the Teenage Witch, which in my opinion is more heinous than the loss of the tape in the first place. Sabrina rules. But it's not worth this extreme pettiness on the part of Oklahoma.
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