August 31, 2006, - 12:10 pm

Bizarre: Woman Prosecuted By Video Store Blames Bush/Cheney/War

This story is too weird on all counts.
Today’s Detroit Free Press reports that Monica Legg, an anti-war protester, was arrested at her home, last week, charged with failing to return a rented video.
Does that really happen? Arrest for failure to return a video? Who knew? Sounds kind of harsh.
But, I can’t feel too sorry for her because there’s a strange twist:
Legg was shown in a photo in the Freep protesting the war in Iraq on the day she was arrested. She says her arrest is politically motivated and that it’s all part of a conspiracy. She claims that it’s also political because her husband, who has an anti-Cheney bumper sticker on his car–was charged for “stealing” the video, too.

Anti-Bush/Anti-War Protester/Video Rental Arrestee Monica Legg (far left, appropriately) & Fellow Protester Elaine Morse

The whole story is too weird. It sounds like a Seinfeld episode as written by a humorless Ralph Nader.
What do you think? Is the arrest for not returning rented videos, “political”? Read both linked articles (here and here), and remember this takes place in small town America, where maybe they do that at video stores.
Also, if she has time to drive all the way from rural Lewiston, Michigan to Ferndale, Michigan (which borders Detroit)–and another few hours to stand out there protesting President Bush and our troops in Iraq–she should probably have a few minutes to return her videos.
I return all my rented DVDs and videos. But just in case I forget, remind me never to rent from Timbertown Video store in Lewiston, Michigan.

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7 Responses

If you remove the political component of the story, it falls into a category of the deliquent video renter is merely an; “idiot”.
But blame Dick Cheney and it turns into a media “free fo all” instead of “dog bites man”.
A story to fit to fill space the newspapaer failed to sell to advertising.

P. Aaron on August 31, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Hi Debbie,
It’s entirely possible that this could happen, I suppose; the store sounds more like a Mom-and-Pop type outfit, rather than a chain store, and therefore it’s a bit more believable that this kind of thing would happen.
I’ve worked for a major chain that used to rent videos and while they wouldn’t have someone arrested, they might charge their credit card (required to rent in most chains) or turn them in for debt collection or something.
Someone needs to tell the anti-war protestor about NetFlix. Whatever the case, the problem started with the lady and could have ended with her. Instead, she chooses to blame “the man” when she herself is responsible.

S. Rowley on August 31, 2006 at 1:15 pm

A word to wise, don’t fuck with Cheney and Bush.

KOAJaps on August 31, 2006 at 7:04 pm

Good thing you told me. I always thought that if you didn’t return the video on time, it was yours. Of course, there will be a nominal “service fee” for the transfer of ownership. sarcasm
Here’s one way that’s sure to get you arrested for not returning those DVD’s on time…
use a… “stolen identification to illicitly rent DVDs under someone else’s name.”
I wonder what the details of the Legg case are, and if it has any to stand on.
As long as the Detroit Fee Press is the only one carrying this story, I’ll opt to wait till I get more actual ‘facts’, thank you.

yonason on August 31, 2006 at 8:47 pm

Honking is a crime in MI?
The steadfast resolve of this group!!!
“On Monday, more than 50 gathered from 4:45 p.m. to well past 5:30 p.m.
Many said the recent charges have only hardened their resolve.”
Just TOOOO funny.

Grateful1 on August 31, 2006 at 10:44 pm

What gets me is they start out saying how brave they are for protesting. WTF? How is standing on a street corner waving stupid signs brave? Have they ever been in fear for their lives by doing this, I mean real danger not hippie weed paranoia danger? These people don’t know what bravery is. Bravery would be the 2,600 lives that have been lost in the war and the ones that have served in the war. These people are why this country needs mandatory service, either military or the peacecorps in Pakistan, or any other country ruled by Sharia. This is why I avoid protests like the plague even to counter-protest because there would be a fight, me and a baseball bat. I try to be civilized but these Commie Bastards have no right to call themselves “brave” and to use the soldiers who died for their country as a way to give their pathetic hippie lives meaning.

Minnie Mouse on August 31, 2006 at 11:15 pm

Boy, is there no limit to the reaches of Karl Rove???
/sarc off

jj on September 2, 2006 at 11:11 pm

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