Realistic dummy of Clark Griswold prompts passerby to call 911 to help
A man was tricked into thinking a Christmas decoration inspired by the movie Christmas Vacation was an actual man dangling from his roof. It was only minutes before sunrise when Alfred Norwood Jr. slammed on his brakes, stopping his truck in the middle of the road, and turned on his hazard lights.
The 65-year-old veteran from Austin, Texas, said he was heading home after taking his wife to work one hazy morning early last week when he saw what appeared to be a man hanging from the rooftop by his fingertips.
The figure was tangled up in a string of holiday lights and the ladder was just out of his reach.
Norwood said he tried to wave down some passersby but no one stopped to help, so he dialled 911.
“It looked like a guy in distress needing help, so I took a chance to try to help him,” Norwood said. “It turned out to be a dummy.”
The dummy was fashioned after Clark Griswold in the 1989 cult classic, Christmas Vacation.
Homeowner Chris Heerlein said he and his wife hoped to win a decorating contest for their creativity, not startle a Good Samaritan.
They have since put up a sign, reading: “Clark G. is part of our Christmas display. Please don’t call 911.”
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