( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Arrested For Not Returning VHS Rental In 2001:
A North Carolina man faces a court date after a bizarre arrest for not returning a 15-year-old VHS rental, but he may receive a little help from the movie’s star.
James Meyers said he was pulled over on Tuesday morning for a broken taillight, but later learned that there was a warrant out for his arrest because he had not returned a copy of “Freddy Got Fingered” he rented in late 2001.
The 37-year-old single dad told the Daily News that cops allowed him to continue driving his daughter to school, but was later handcuffed and taken into custody when he met up with police that afternoon.
The rental store in Kannapolis, J&J’s Video, has since closed, but Meyers was still given an April 27 court date for failing to return the gross-out comedy about a cartoonist returning home to live with his parents.
Not returning rental property is a Class 3 misdemeanor in North Carolina and punishable by a fine of up to $200.
However, on Wednesday night the arrestee received a call from Tom Green, the writer-director-star of “Freddy” who reached out after Meyers’s friend shared the story, first reported by WSOC, with him on Twitter.
Green, who is currently on a stand-up comedy tour in Australia, told the Daily News that he is happy to support fans of his film, which was the subject of terrible reviews and currently has an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The 44-year-old comedian, who said that Rotten Tomatoes is “in the business of hating on art,” said that he could put in a good word with the court or even help out financially as long as the outcome doesn’t involve an outrageous sum.
“If it’s 200 bucks of course I’ll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing,” Green said.
He also pointed out that “Freddy Got Fingered,” which occurred at the height of his fame at the turn of the millennium, had become a kind of cult favorite, adding that A.O. Scott called it “brilliant” and people approach him after shows to praise its absurdity.
“I don’t even think that it would have been as strange of a story if it had been another movie,” the “Road Trip” star said.
On Wednesday night Meyers rewatched the movie, which also features Rip Torn, before his unexpected personal apology from Green. He said that he thinks it is hilarious and would definitely recommend it.
Despite seeing the humor in the situation, the movie fan, who works as a DJ and does not currently own a VHS player, also questioned the use of police resources.
“You got the ISIS stuff going on and here I am losing half my day over a VHS tape,” he said, adding that police could be looking to combat real problems such as heroin.
He added that he had been pulled over since the warrant was issued in 2002, but had never heard about the lost tape.
Meyers, whose father was a policeman, also noted that he spent time with officers discussing movies including “Freddy Got Fingered” during his Tuesday arrest.
A request for comment from the Concord Police Department was not returned early Thursday.
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