A Concord, North Carolina man, James Meyers, was driving his daughter to school Tuesday morning when he got pulled over for a tail light being out, a pretty routine traffic stop. The police officer took his license, and when he finally returned 25 minutes later Meyers says he thought he was joking when the officer told him there was a warrant out for his arrest because “apparently he rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it.”
If you’ll recall, Freddy Got Fingered was the pièce de résistance of comedian Tom Green’s brief 2000-2002 film career, considered by many to be the dumbest major motion picture of all time. And now Meyers found himself in hot water over a VHS copy of the movie that he had supposedly rented from a now-defunct video store in 2002. The officer told Meyers he could finish driving his daughter to school as long as he “turned himself in” later, which he did assuming the whole thing would be sorted out in the police station. Instead, he was placed in handcuffs and arrested.
“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.”
Meyers was eventually released but will have to return to court on April 27 to face misdemeanor charges for failure to return rental property, which will hopefully be dismissed on account of it being a 14-year-old VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered.
But even shocked as Meyers is, probably no one is more surprised about the whole thing than Tom Green himself, who tweeted the following:
(Via WSOC 9)