Source- A Concord man was arrested for failing to return a 2002 VHS rental movie, “Freddy Got Fingered.”
James Meyers showed Channel 9 the arrest warrant Wednesday. It shows Meyers is charged with failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200.
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.
Meyers said he was driving his daughter to school on Concord Parkway Tuesday morning when a Concord police officer pulled him over for a tail-light that was out.
Meyers said the officer ran his license and approximately 25 minutes later asked him to step out of the vehicle.
“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,” said Meyers.
I am not going to act like I am above 'Freddy Got Fingered', but I will tell you this. Spending actual money to rent it from a video store is the only imprisonable offense that took place in this story. You want to jail someone for something then lock him up for having a terrible taste in rentable movies. I actually think that's more of a crime then failing to return a VHS tape to a video store that is no longer in business. I bet Tom Green himself would advise against paying to watch him "act". The "Daddy would you like some sausage?" musical performance may have been worthy of a laugh or two, but it's not worthy of any United States currency. That's for damn sure.
I actually feel bad for this guy, because 'Freddy Got Fingered' is one of those movies that you watch, but you never want to be reminded of watching. A guilty pleasure in the truest sense of the word. One of those flicks you come across on television, look around to make sure no one else is in the room, and leave on the screen. That's why you can't be out there renting it and giving people recorded proof that you sought it out. Let's just say I can't remember the last time I heard about someone getting arrested for a failure to return 'Fight Club'. That might be a coincidence, but something tells me that 'Freddy Got Fingered' is just more likely to get you locked up then pretty much any other movie not named 'Freddy Got Fingered'. I agree that the Police Department should have bigger fish to fry and this shouldn't have been as big of a deal as it was made out to be. However, when he rented 'Freddy Got Fingered' James Meyers basically opened his own cheeks and left himself vulnerable to getting fisted by the long arm of the law.
P.S. Super cool move from Tom Green to offer to pay his legal costs. Even he knows his performances aren't even worth a $5.95 rental fee, never mind the price of a out of date ticket.