Lighter side: Man arrested 14 years after not returning a video

by NZ Lawyer01 Apr 2016
A North Carolina man will front up to court on April 27 after he was arrested by police for failing to return a video 14 years earlier.

After James Myers was stopped from a broken tail light last week, police checked his licence.

“The officer said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie “Freddy Got Fingered” and never returned it.’  I thought he was joking,” said Meyers.

The crime, ‘failure to return hired property’, including an old video, is apparently something that a person can actually be prosecuted for: it’s Class 3 misdemeanor, for which the maximum fine is $200 in the state of North Carolina.

Luckily for Meyers, the officer who broke the news didn’t immediately arrest him (he was still able to take his daughter to school) but only because he promised to turn himself in later that day, Lowering the Bar reported.

“They’re not focusing on the crimes I think they should be focusing on,” Meyers said.