What is it about Twilight that makes sane people go crazy? And we're not talking about teenyboppers. We're referring to full-fledged adults. Apparently an unlikely fan found herself behind bars when she forgot to return some borrowed Twilight material.
A New Mexico resident named Lori Teel was recently arrested for not returning a Twilight book and DVD. She was fined $35.98 for checking out the novel Twilight, as well as the two-disc DVD set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The initial transaction took place in 2010, but Teel claims that she doesn't remember checking out either item.
When she failed to return them to their rightful home (the Portales public library), Teel was summoned to appear in court. But she never showed, which led to a warrant for her arrest. She said she's never been in any serious trouble and was disturbed that the officers cuffed her in front of her five children.
In The Albuquerque Journal , Teel recounted her arrest and brief jail stay.
"Honestly, it was awful," Teel said of the arrest and her night in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. "For me, it was very awful because I have never been in trouble for anything in my life."
Her children, ages 1 to 10, stayed in a neighbor's home until Teel was released the following morning on $610 bond.
"My kids are still very emotional," Teel said. "They had to stay with a complete stranger. My 3-year-old is traumatized over it. She will not leave my side."
The Portales public library replaced Teel's missing copy of Twilight but have yet to recover the New Moon DVDs. Even though the charges against Teel have been dropped, she plans on taking legal action for the arrest.