Re­al­is­tic dummy of Clark Gris­wold prompts passerby to call 911 to help

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - All hands on decs: Lind­sey Bever

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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