This Man Got Arrested For Not Returning A VHS He Rented Over 14 Years Ago
A North Carolina man was reportedly arrested for failing to return a VHS tape he rented in 2001.
According to Huffington Post, Concord's James Meyers, 37, was pulled over due to a broken taillight on Tuesday morning as he was driving his daughter to school.
The officer ran his license and asked him to step out of the vehicle roughly 25 minutes later, WSOC reports.
Meyers was then told there was a warrant out for his arrest because he did not return the infamous 2001 comedy "Freddy Got Fingered" after renting it towards the end of that year.
He thought the officer was joking but had to promise to turn himself in later that day in order to continue driving his daughter to school.
Meyers was shocked to eventually find himself in handcuffs and charged with failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200.
His court appearance was reportedly scheduled for April 27.
Last night, Meyers apparently received a call from Tom Green, the director, writer and star of the Razzie Award-winning cult comedy.
Green, 44, found out about the arrest when a friend of his shared the story on Twitter.
The comedian told New York Daily News he will gladly pay Meyers' fine or urge the court to go easy on him.
If it's 200 bucks, of course I'll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing.
Meyers told WSOC he has been pulled over since the warrant was issued in 2002 but was not informed of the outstanding warrant until this week.
As the son of a police officer, Meyers said he was worried about how much time was wasted dealing with his arrest. Officers shouldn't devote so much effort to petty issues when there are more serious problems to take care of, Meyers added.
Citations: Man Arrested For Not Returning VHS Rental 14 Years Ago (Huffington Post), Concord man arrested for not returning VHS rental 14 years later (WSOC), North Carolina man arrested for not returning 2001 VHS rental of Freddy Got Fingered could have fine paid by movies star Tom Green (New York Daily News)