James Meyers of Concord, North Carolina, was driving his daughter to school when he was pulled over for a burned out tail-light. According to WSOC-TV, after 25 minutes of sitting behind him, the officer asked him to get out of the car and seemed embarrassed by what he had to tell him next.
"I don’t know how to tell you this," the officer said, "but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie 'Freddy Got Fingered' and never returned it."
Meyers thought the officer was joking, only to find out that he truly had forgotten to return the gross-out Tom Green comedy he had rented 14 years ago.
The officer told Meyers he could still drop his daughter off for school and go to work that day as long as he promised to turn himself in at the police station later. Meyer agreed, thinking he get off easy for such a light offense, but when he arrived at the station, he was arrested and placed in handcuffs. He was soon let go but still has the charges hanging over him.
In a bizarre twist to this bizarre story, comedy actor Green was flabbergasted when he learned about the story on Twitter. He called Meyers and offered to help him out with court fees if needed.
Meyers says he never even heard from the video rental store that they were missing the tape. But after the warrant was issued and he was arrested years later, he now faces a fine of up to $200 for a "failure to return rental property" misdemeanor.
“If it’s 200 bucks of course I’ll pay it for him," Green told The New York Daily News. "It's just for the principle of the thing.”