Sometimes reality really is weirder than anything you could possibly imagine.
James Meyers of Concord, North Carolina, was arrested Tuesday morning for not returning a 2002 VHS rental of the infamously panned comedy “Freddy Got Fingered,” written, directed, and starring Tom Green (originally released in 2001).
According to local station WSOC-TV, Meyers was driving his daughter to school on the Concord Parkway when he was pulled over for a broken tail-light.
The officer ran his licence and found that there was a warrant for his arrest from 2002 for “failure to return rental property.”
“The officer said… ‘apparently you rented the movie “Freddy Got Fingered” and never returned it.’ I thought he was joking,” Meyers told WSOC-TV.
The officer allowed Meyers to drop his daughter off at school and go to work as long as he promised to turn himself in when he got off work.
Meyers did go to the police department Tuesday evening, and he was handcuffed and brought in front of the magistrate, where he was charged. The misdemeanour is punishable by a fine of up to $200.
The warrant was filed by J&J video in February of 2002. The rental store has since gone out of business.
Meyers is due back in court on April 27.
Tom Green caught wind of what happened and tweeted this on Tuesday:
Green, who was a popular comedian in the late-1990s thanks to his MTV show “The Tom Green Show,” was doing stand-up in Australia when he heard what happened, and spoke about it on the Australian TV show “The Project.”
He said he called Meyers and when he got him on the phone, gave him the line from the movie, “Daddy, would you like some sausage?”
“It’s an example of how bureaucracy can get out of control,” he said.
Why did Meyers have “Freddy Got Fingered” for 14 years? He admitted to the officer he only vaguely remembers renting it. Sounds about right for a movie that many consider one of the worst ever made.
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