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Women Arrested Over Overdue Video Tape

Kayla Finley Video Arrest

A South Carolina woman spent a night in jail for failing to return a video she rented — in 2005. But that’s not even the worst part. It was a VHS tape. Of a Jennifer Lopez movie. Titled Monster-In-Law.

Monster-In-LawKayla Michelle Finley, 27, was arrested on February 13 when she visited the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to report an unrelated domestic dispute. While there, the cops discovered that there was an active warrant for her arrest – so they arrested her on the spot.

Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said the video store, Dalton Videos (now out of business – thanks Netflix!), had asked a Pickens County judge for the warrant years ago when Finley didn’t return her video.  Police said several warning letters about the overdue video were sent to Finley, but didn’t live at that address anymore.

Finley ended up spending the night in jail because her bond hearing couldn’t be held until Friday morning. When morning came she was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

Finley was “shocked and disgusted” at the arrest, while the rest of the nation was shocked and disgusted at her taste in movies.

“This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it,” Finley wrote on Facebook.

The Pickens County Magistrate’s Office has since reported that the charge against Finley for failing to return a VHS video was dropped a week after her arrest. The owner of the now defunct store decided to not pursue the charge because of all the media attention the case was receiving.

But once they find out she forgot to REWIND the tape, they may haul her off to the slammer again.

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South Carolina City Makes Being Homeless Illegal… Then Reverses Decision

South Carolina Homeless

Back in August, South Carolina’s capital city made the controversial decision to make homelessness illegal, because why not? It worked so well for drugs and prostitution…

Concerned that Columbia has become a “magnet for homeless people,” city council members in Columbia, South Carolina, voted unanimously to criminalize homelessness. The proposal effectively made homelessness illegal in parts of the city by forcing those who sleep outdoors to be sent to a shelter on the outskirts of the city. If the homeless refused to go to the remote emergency shelter, they would be forcibly put there or sent to jail. And much like prison, once you got to the shelter, you couldn’t just get up and leave. Shelter inhabitants would need to get permission to leave and police officers would be standing on guard.

The anti-homeless plan received lots of support from Columbia’s local business leaders who say the city’s homeless problem has been affecting their businesses for decades. Many of them believe shipping the homeless to the outskirts of town and keeping them there is crazy enough to work… unlike the homeless people in question.

But council members acknowledged that this was only a temporary solution to a long-term problem.

“This is stopgap,” Councilman Cameron Runyan said in defense of the plan. “This is going to open up a window of opportunity for us to come together as a community to develop a long-term response to this problem. This problem has plagued us for a generation and a half at least.”

Still, homeless advocates were less than impressed with the plan – which did nothing to tackle the root causes of homelessness.

“[This is the] most comprehensive anti-homeless measure that [I have] ever seen proposed in any city in the last 30 years,” Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless, said. “Using one massive shelter on the outskirts to house all a city’s homeless is something that has never worked anywhere in the country.”

In the end, the homeless won out. After receiving considerable backlash from police, city workers and advocates, the city council apologized and decided to reverse its unanimous vote to make homeless people go to a 240-person bed shelter or go to prison. Now South Carolina’s homeless people are given the option if they want to stay put or be driven to the shelter.

Homelessness is not a crime,” Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said. “We can’t just take people to somewhere they don’t want to go. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.”

Tell that to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Via: Fox News & The Huffington Post

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Mark Sanford

Current Event Cat - Mark Sanford Wins

Disgraced former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the South Carolina special election.

Republican Mark Sanford made quite the political comeback on Tuesday after winning the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Mark Sanford left his position as governor of South Carolina in disgrace back in 2011 after admitting his hike through the Appalachian trials was, in fact, an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman. Oh and also using taxpayer money for travel expenses. Happens to the best of us! What’s next? Anthony Weiner making a comeback in New York? Oh wait…

Initially behind in the polls, Sanford’s popularity rose in the last week and he somehow managed to defeat his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report. The defeat is especially frustrating because before the final results were calculated, Sanford indicated he would retire from politics if defeated. So close!

In his acceptance speech, Sanford acknowledged “God’s role in all this” and thanked God for sending him “angels.” Ugh. I can’t even deal with that right now. Maybe he will go on a victory hike in the Appalachian trails and run into a bear…

Via: Current Event Cats