March 24, 2016
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(ANTIMEDIA) A North Carolina man was recently arrested for failing to return a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered that he rented from a local mom & pop video rental store in 2002. James Meyers is charged with failure to return rental property to J&J’s Rental — a business which has since closed. The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a penalty of up to $200.
Thanks to an nonworking taillight, Meyers was pulled over while driving his daughter to school.
“The officer said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it.’ I thought he was joking,” Meyers stated to local Charlotte news station WSOCTV.
The officer permitted Meyers to drop his child off and continue on to work as long as he agreed to turn himself in at the courthouse by the end of the day.
Following through on his word, Meyers appeared at the courthouse within a few hours, expecting the needless situation to be quickly resolved. Much to his shock, he was arrested instead.
The man, who barely even remembers renting the cult-comedy film starring Tom Green, said it was the first time in his life he’d ever been put in handcuffs. He even said he has been pulled over many times since the warrant was issued in 2002, but never once heard about the expired rental.
“They’re not focusing on the crimes I think they should be focusing on,” said Meyers. “That hour the cops sat out there with me, the hour and a half I was down in the magistrate’s office could have been spent somewhere else.”
Here’s to hoping that the charges will eventually be dropped for James.
Listen to him tell his story in the video below:
I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real. https://t.co/GrTXoUj29X
— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) March 24, 2016
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