My sister rented the film The Craft upon its video release, and then lent it to her friend. A day later, they both fell out and her friend refused to return the tape. My Mom and Dad didn’t know about this and about a month later my Dad decided to rent another film from the same store. The woman explained to him upon check out that there was an £80 late charge for not returning The Craft. Apparently we were charged for the actual ownership of the tape, and if he didn’t pay the fee the matter would be taken to court.
My Dad ended up paying the £80, and my sister was then (calmly) introduced to his dark side.
The film was never recovered from her friend, but funnily enough I received The Craft as a Christmas present that same year from my Mom. To this day I’m not sure if this was some sort of sick joke, but I laughed, and laugh every time I see the VHS anywhere.
What was the most you ever incurred for not returning a rental tape to video shop on time? Or, even worse, do you still have some tapes that you never returned? Let us know in the comments.