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Who knew that a $10 library fee could cause a person to end up behind bars?

That was the case for Tika Sumpter‘s mom, who was arrested on Monday in North Carolina for an overdue library book. The actress, who played the First Lady Michelle Obama in the movie Southside With You, took to Twitter to share her mom Janice Acquista’s experience:

She went on to call the arrest a scam, saying:

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield’s website says they charge a fine of 25 cents per item per day for printed books and 50 cents per item per day for audio books, music CDs and movies. There is no indication on the public portion of the site that library fines can result in arrests.

Tika continued:

Let’s hope incidents like this one do not become the norm.

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