VIDEO: Man Arrested For Not Returning Video Rental Over a Decade Ago
Although most people can relate to having an overdue book from the library, few of us have ever been handcuffed for this kind of offense.
But in Concord, North Carolina, the police take the execution of warrants seriously, as James Meyers learned when he was pulled over for a faulty tail light.
Meyers waited 25-minutes as the officer ran the mandatory computer check on his license, and was stunned when the officer asked him to “step out of the vehicle,” explaining sheepishly, “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.”
Meyers told local reporters that the police were “very polite and professional,” releasing him on his own recognizance with the promise to appear at the police department after work, but Meyers was in for a surprise when he arrived at the station to explain.
He said he only vaguely recalled renting the “slacker” comedy in 2001, considered by many to be one of the worst movies of all time with an 11 percent rating from the online review site, Rotten Tomatoes, and acknowledged that he “might have forgotten to return it” thinking that the matter could be straightened out immediately.
Instead, Meyers was arrested, handcuffed for the first time in his life and read his Miranda warnings as he was charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200.
The owners of the store, which is no longer in business, had apparently filed a complaint in 2002, which had not been served in the intervening 16 years.
While Meyers hopes the case will be dismissed when he appears on April 7, he told reporters that he wondered if the Concord police might not have better things to do with their time.
Meyers received a call from Tom Green, the star and writer of the “gross-out” film, along with an offer to pay the fine.