Can you recall VHS tapes? After a particular tape came back to haunt her over 20 years later, one Texas woman now knows for sure.
Caron McBride, a former Oklahoma resident, was charged with felony embezzlement in 1999 after failing to return a VHS tape of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” to a movie rental store in Norman.
McBride told KOKH-TV that she heard of her Cleveland County charges after attempting to change her name after her Texas marriage. McBride said, “I feared I was going to have a heart attack.”
“They informed me that I had a problem in Oklahoma and that I needed to call this number, which I did. “In the meantime, I’m a wanted felon,” she said.
McBride was charged with felony embezzlement of leased property in March 2000, according to court records. According to KOKH, the venue, Movie Place, closed in 2008.
McBride claims she has no recollection of renting the film and assumes it was rented by an old roommate. “He had two children, ages eight, ten, or eleven, and I’m guessing he went and got it and didn’t return it or something. I’ve never seen the display in my life; it’s simply not my cup of tea.”
McBride also claims she might have been fired from various positions in the 21 years after the charges because the crime appeared on a background search.
After her story appeared on local news, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges. To clear her record, McBride will need to get her conviction expunged, according to the district attorney.