Friday, March 25, 2016

Carolinas Late VHS Tape Arrest Breakdown



Man Arrested For Not Returning VHS Rental 14 Years Ago
No joke: The flick was “Freddy Got Fingered.”

The Huffington Post  03/24/2016  Nina Golgowski Trends reporter  WSOC-TV

James Meyers, 37, says he was arrested over a VHS rental he didn’t return more than 14 years ago.
It’s going from one bad joke to another.

A North Carolina man is speaking out after he says he was slapped in handcuffs for not returning a VHS rental more than 14 years ago — and now the movie’s star, Tom Green, is coming to his rescue.
James Meyers, 37, says he was driving his daughter to school Tuesday morning when he was pulled over by Concord police for a broken taillight.

It was that moment he was informed that there was a warrant out for his arrest, specifically for not returning the 2001 flop, “Freddy Got Fingered.”

Archive Photos via Getty Images Tom Green is seen in a scene from his 2001 comedy, “Freddy Got Fingered.” The comedian offered to do what he can to help the single dad. 

“I thought he was joking,” Meyers told WSOC-TV, recalling his arrest.

The flick’s comedian apparently did too.

“I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real,” Green tweeted Wednesday night.

Meyers said he vaguely remembers renting the comedy — which has a 4.5/10 rating on IMDb.com and won five Razzie Awards in 2002, including Worst Picture. Apparently when he failed to return it, a warrant was issued in late 2001.

After he was informed of the warrant, Meyers said he was allowed to continue on to his daughter’s school under the promise that he’d turn himself into the police department later that day.

He thought he’d arrive and it’d all get sorted out. Instead, he found himself booked for a class 3 misdemeanor, which is punishable with a fine up to $200.

He has a court appearance scheduled for April 27.

Meyers said he vaguely remembers renting the comedy — which has a 4.5/10 rating on IMDb.com and won five Razzie Awards in 2002, including Worst Picture. Apparently when he failed to return it, a warrant was issued in late 2001.

After he was informed of the warrant, Meyers said he was allowed to continue on to his daughter’s school under the promise that he’d turn himself into the police department later that day.

He thought he’d arrive and it’d all get sorted out. Instead, he found himself booked for a class 3 misdemeanor, which is punishable with a fine up to $200.

He has a court appearance scheduled for April 27.


“For the first time, I got put in handcuffs,” he told WSOC-TV.

Concord Police Sgt. Jonathan Hathcock confirmed Meyers’ arrest to the Huffington Post Thursday, saying, “It doesn’t matter what kind of warrant it is, if it’s a warrant we’re going to serve it.”


Green, who was reached by the NY Daily News while doing a stand-up comedy tour in Australia, said he’s since spoken with Meyers about the incident and has offered to do what he can to help.

“If it’s 200 bucks, of course I’ll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing,” he told the paper.

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So, it turns out this is not the only episode of this comedy.  This next one is set in South Carolina...


South Carolina woman jailed after failing to return movie rented nine years ago


Published February 15, 2014 FoxNews.com

This mugshot shows Kayla Finely who faces charges over a move she rented and failed to return nine years ago. (Pickens County Sheriff's Office )

A South Carolina scofflaw movie renter spent a night in jail this week after police busted her for failing to return a Jennifer Lopez movie she rented nine years ago.

WHNS reports the scenario unfolded after Kayla Michelle Finley went to the Pickens County Jail in the northwestern tip of the state Thursday to report an unspecified crime – but instead got charged with one, herself.

The $43-million film became a box-office success debuting at number #1 at the box office, earning $83 million ($154.7 worldwide)during its theatrical run in summer 2005. Jennifer Lopez earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress for her performance in the film, but lost to Jenny McCarthy for Dirty Love. Wikipedia

The news station cites Finley’s arrest warrant in writing the 27-year-old woman had rented “Monster-in-Law” – a rom-com pairing Lopez with Jane Fonda that garnered a single star on Rotten Tomatoes – in 2005.

She’d reportedly rented the movie from the now-defunct Dalton Video, and never returned the cassette.

WHNS reports the store’s former owner, P.J. Dalton, had taken the matter to court nine years ago and gotten a judge to issue a warrant.

The matter remained a cold case, of sorts, until Thursday, when a records check performed at the jail turned up the summons.


According to her warrant, Finley reportedly was mailed several warnings by Dalton, and then finally documentation of the court action, but she now claims she never received any of the correspondence.

“It’s obvious that Pickens County has nothing better to do,” Finley told WHNS. “I fully intend on fighting this, it’s ridiculous I had this happen to me,” she said.

Finley is charged with petite larceny, and more specifically, the now seemingly archaic charge of, “failure to return a video or cassette.”


The charge is a misdemeanor, and police told the news station they had no choice but to serve the warrant for her arrest, no matter how old or outmoded.

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