Man arrested for failing to return video rental in 2001

Technically Incorrect: A North Carolina man discovers there is a warrant out for his arrest for not returning a copy of "Freddy Got Fingered."

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


All for a VHS of this.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

VHS reminds me of glorious days.

Movies came in boxes like gifts. You could stroll into a rental store next to the trattoria with questionable vongole and rent a box. Inside was a movie that had graced theaters just months earlier.

You wouldn't expect such heady days to come back to haunt you.

James Meyers likely hadn't thought about those days for years. Then he got arrested.

As he told WSOC-TV this week, an arrest warrant was issued after Meyers failed to return a VHS of "Freddy Got Fingered" to J&J's video rental store back in 2001.

You may think that J&J's no longer exists. You'd be right. However, Meyers said he was pulled over by a police officer as he drove his daughter to school Tuesday morning in Concord, North Carolina.

Yes, it was a tail-light issue. What did you think it would be?

However, as sometimes happens, the matter escalated. When the police officer ran Meyers' details, up popped the outstanding 2002 warrant for not returning the movie.

And so it was that Meyers got fingered.

The Concord Police Department didn't reply to a request for comment. However, Meyers said he was put in handcuffs for the first time in his life.

Should you have missed "Freddy Got Fingered," it's the story of an unemployed cartoonist who moves back in with mom, dad and brother Freddy. It's a Tom Green movie, so it's brimming with high art. Why, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a fulsome 11 percent rating.

For his part, Green took to Twitter to express his astonishment. He told the New York Daily News he'd be prepared to help financially.

Meyers has a court date on April 27 to face a possible $200 fine. "You got the ISIS stuff going on and here I am losing half my day over a VHS tape," he told the Daily News.

Meyers is a DJ and posted a fuller version of own story to YouTube.

He does not, by the way, currently own a VHS player.

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