If you're going to risk arrest with an unreturned VHS rental of a 2001 classic of American cinema, at least make it a copy of Freddy Got Fingered. The Oscar-snubbed film, which mysteriously holds an improbably low Rotten Tomatoes average, is now at the center of a bizarre legal dispute in North Carolina.
James Meyers, speaking to WSOC on Wednesday, says he was pulled over on the way to drop his daughter off at school for a blown tail-light. When the officer ran his plates, the widely praised Tom Green instaclassic suddenly became an issue. "The officer said, 'I don't know how to tell you this but there's a warrant out for your arrest from 2002,'" Meyers told WSOC. According to Meyers, the officer then informed him that he rented a copy of the nearly perfect Freddy Got Fingered but never brought it back.
Though police ultimately let Meyers drop his daughter off at school, he was required to turn himself in later that day. "For the first time I got put in handcuffs," said Meyers, who now faces a misdemeanor "failure to return rental" charge with a possible $200 fine. However, given that fate is apparently a huge Tom Green fan, Meyers now has someone with real power on his side: Green himself.
"If it's 200 bucks of course I'll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing," Green told the New York Daily News on Thursday. Green, who gave Meyers a call Wednesday night after a friend sent him the story, is currently on a massive stand-up tour in Australia.
For those not in the know, the following is a clip from a movie definitely worth getting arrested for: