“I thought it was a joke,” says James Meyers, a man who was arrested for not returning a VHS rental more than 14 years ago.
Meyers was driving his daughter to school when he was pulled over by a Police officer for a broken taillight. It was in that moment that the Police informed him that there was a warrant out for his arrest. Meyers was then told that his offence was not returning a VHS rental more than 14 years ago.
The big kicker is that the movie he never returned was the 2001 flop Freddy got Fingered, the film that won the ‘Worst Picture’ award at the 2002 Razzie awards.
The whole scenario shocked Mr Meyers. “It was the first time I had been in handcuffs”, he told WSOC-TV. Meyers thought that he would go down to the station and it would all be sorted out, but instead, he found himself booked for a class 3 misdemeanour which is punishable by a fine up to $200.
Even though the video store that the VHS was never returned to has now been closed permanently, the Police Officer involved in the case, Johnathan Hathcock, told the Huffington Post that “it doesn’t matter what kind of warrant it is, if it’s a warrant we’re going to serve it.”
Tom Green, the star actor in the film Freddy got Fingered has even gotten involved with this case. He tweeted to his fans about this scenario and reached out to Meyers saying that he wants to do what he can to help, “if it’s 200 bucks, of course, I’ll pay for him, just for the principle of the thing”, Green told NY daily news.
A court date has been scheduled for Meyers and he is hoping that the charges are dismissed and he can forget about the whole thing.
What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think that it’s silly for the Police to be spending their time focusing on this case, or do you think that no matter what the crime is you should pay the price?
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