Man arrested for not returning 2002 VHS rental of ‘Freddy Got Fingered’, Tom Green Says He’ll Pay It
According to WSOC-TV, a local news group covering the Carolinas, North Carolina resident James Meyers was arrested for an outstanding warrant from 2002 for failing to return a VHS rental of ‘Freddy Got Fingered’.
He was driving his daughter to school when he was pulled over for a broken tail light. When the officer ran his information, they found him with the outstanding warrant. According to Myers:
“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.
Myers tells his story in a video he posted to Facebook. Basically the cops were super cool and allowed him to take his daughter to school and go about his day as long as he turned himself in later. As he points out, it sure does seem like a lot of wasted time for a very small mistake made a long time ago.
When Tom Green got word of what had happened he responded pretty much the way we all did:
I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real. https://t.co/GrTXoUj29X
— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) March 24, 2016
On Wednesday night Tom Green called Myers and offered to pay for the fine.
In the video below, Tom Green spoke about the whole thing on the Australian TV show “The Project.”
“I think it’s sort of an example of how bureaucracy can get out of control,” Green said.
(Scroll to 2:40 mark it the video)
“If it’s 200 bucks of course I’ll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing,” Green said.
I try not to get into politics here on Echo Base but I have to agree with them both that this is all pretty silly. They should review and drop these old warrants as needed. The video rental store has been out of business for years according to WSOC-TV, and the value of the cassette is literally under $18. Given that he had to lose work time, get put in handcuffs, have officers assigned to him to do paperwork and processing, and he got a fine and court which will result in more loss of work, I have to agree this is a huge waste of everyone’s time.
Good for Tom Green stepping in to help and make it more apparent how silly it all is. I have to say, I love Tom Green. If you’ve never seen the interview he did with Vice, check this out. I would embed it, but Vice’s player seems to force crappy auto-play ads on their embeds and we don’t roll that way here on Echo Base, but go ahead, leave us and go watch the interview. It’s that good.