For the last two decades, Caron McBride had a felony charge to her name. However, the former Oklahoma resident was clueless about her criminal activity, which was the result of her not returning a rented VHS tape of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” McBride only learned of the charge against her name when she appeared in court to legally change her name.
McBride does not remember renting “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” in 1999 from the Movie Place in Norman. She assumes that her roommate at the time was the one to rent the tape under McBride’s name. The tape was never returned to the video rental location, which was why McBride was charged with felony embezzlement of rented property in March 2000.
Although the rental store closed its doors in 2008, the felony charge remained.
McBride learned about the felony charge to her name when she got married in Texas. She was trying to change her maiden name to her new married name but hit a snag when she learned about the criminal activity.
Now, McBride realizes that the felony charge has been affecting her life for decades. She doesn’t know how many job opportunities she lost because of the felony but suspects that she was overlooked at least several times because of it.
“I went to change my driver’s license, during this COVID thing you had to make an appointment, and so, I sent them an email [and] they sent me an email, and 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,” McBride said to FOX 25.
Her call was directed to the Cleveland County District Office, who told her the charge against her name.
“The first thing she told me was felony embezzlement, so I thought I was gonna have a heart attack,” McBride said. “She told me it was over the VHS tape, and I had to make her repeat it because I thought, ‘This is insane. This girl is kidding me, right?’ She wasn’t kidding.”
McBride believes her former roommate rented the tape because he had two daughters who would probably have been interested in the children’s show.
“I had lived with a young man. This was over 20 years ago,” McBride said. “He had two kids, daughters that were 8, 10, or 11 years old, and I think 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.”
“Meanwhile, I’m a wanted felon for a VHS tape,” she concluded.
McBride fears that the felony charge has affected her career. She had been let go from certain jobs without notice.
“This is why … because when they ran my criminal background check, all they’re seeing is those two words: felony embezzlement,” McBride said. “I mean, I didn’t try to deceive anyone over ‘Samantha [sic] the Teenage Witch.’ I swear,” she said, mispronouncing the name of the program featured on the VHS tape responsible for her life troubles.
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