North Carolina coppers bust man for not returning VHS rental 14 years ago

James Meyers

A Concord, NC, 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 charge had not been dismissed as of Wednesday afternoon.

The story of Meyers’ arrest has since gone viral after Eyewitness News broke the news late Wednesday night.

The rental store in Salisbury, 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…

Meyers said he thought everything would get straightened out at the department. He was surprised when officers arrested him and then took him to the magistrate’s office.

“…first time I got put in handcuffs,” said Meyers.

No, this is not the first time this has happened in North Carolina. Does anyone expect a state notorious for jerkwater politics to have cops and judges that function like it’s the 21st Century.

The essential rules of computerized systems hasn’t changed. Garbage in = garbage out. It stays the same whether dealing with voting rights or VHS rentals. 19th Century minds produce 19th Century policies.

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