Man Arrested in North Carolina for Allegedly Failing to Return VHS Tape Rented in 2001
James Meyers learned Tuesday he had an active warrant for allegedly keeping a copy of Tom Green's "Freddy Got Fingered"
brightcove.createExperiences(); A man has been arrested in North Carolina for allegedly failing to return a VHS tape he’d rented nearly 15 years ago, PEOPLE confirms.
On Tuesday, James Meyers, 37, was pulled over by police as he was taking his daughter to school, according to court documents. Officers ran his license and learned an active warrant had been issued for Meyers’s arrest.
After dropping off his daughter, Meyers turned himself in to police and was booked on a single charge: failure to return rented property.
In late 2001, Meyers allegedly rented a copy of the universally panned Tom Green film Freddy Got Fingered. Since it was released, the movie – about a struggling cartoonist who is forced to move back in with his parents – has attained cult film status.
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Meyers is scheduled to appear in court on April 27 to answer to the charge, and faces a possible $200 fine if convicted.
The warrant was issued years ago, police tell PEOPLE, and remained active even after the rental store shuttered its doors.
Green, a stand-up comedian on a tour of Australia, learned of Meyers’ arrest, and took to Twitter to say he was “struggling to believe it is real.”
In a video posted to YouTube, Meyers says he can’t believe he was arrested for allegedly not returning a video to a defunct business and expressed his opinion that the police had better things to do with their time.