The long-gone days of VHS movie rentals came back to haunt one Concord, North Carolina resident on Tuesday. James Meyers was arrested for failing to return a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered he rented way back in 2002. According to WSOCTV, Meyers was driving his daughter to school when police pulled him over for driving with a tail-light out. After running his plates, the officer asked Meyers to step out of the vehicle. Meyers explains:
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.
The officers, who Meyers described as "polite and professional," allowed him to drop his daughter off at school and go to work if he swore to turn himself at some point later in the day, which he obliged. Expecting to find the situation cleared up by the time he arrived at the police department, he was instead greeted with a pair of handcuffs.
The charge? Failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of up to $200, from the now-defunct J&J's Video store in Kannapolis, N.C. 14 years ago.
Freddy Got Fingered is a cult gross-out comedy written by, directed by, and starring Tom Green. If you've seen it, you know that it makes some weird sort of sense that it'd be connected to a bizarre real-life arrest. Below is a scene where the main character hangs sausages from the ceiling and plays a song called "Daddy Would You Like Some Sausage?"
News of Meyers' arrest reached Green, who's currently touring in Australia, via Twitter.
In an interview with Australia's The Project, Green revealed he'd surprised Meyers with a phone call and "had a good laugh about it." He continued by offering to pay the $200 fine, saying he's happy to support his fans and "of course he’ll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing."
The comedian cites the incident as an example of "how bureaucracy can get out of control," and Meyers strongly agreed:
[The police are] not focusing on the crimes I think they should be focusing on. 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.
Meyers also posted a video detailing how upset he was with the police department's waste of resources, which you can view below.