Passerby panics, calls 911 after seeing 'Clark Griswold' hanging off roof

Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

One Texas family's hilarious Christmas decorations were so convincing, they duped the neighborhood to think a dummy falling from the roof while stringing holiday lights was a real person. The officer said they've seen this kind of display before, but they were getting calls about it.

The dummy portrays the lead character of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", right after he stapled lights to the roof and lost his traction.

Chris Heerlein's family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their Austin, Texas, home, with a ladder tipping beneath him.

But it turned out that the man wasn't a person at all - it was a mannequin made to look like Clark Griswold, the buffoonish dad played by Chevy Chase in the holiday comedy "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation".

"Can you reach it?" "And be like 'Save Clark!'" Heerlein's sister-in-law, Leah Wheless, told KVUE.

Austin police showed up and spoke to the nanny who was the only one home at the time.

'I was trying to get him down any way I can, ' Alfred said. He then called 911, according to ABC News.

For some people the display looked a little too realistic because someone rushed to help thinking it was a real person - they even called 911 along with about a dozen other people. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold".

Last year, in Boulder, Colorado, someone called 911 after seeing another "Clark Griswold" hanging from the roof, KDVR reported.

The family told the TV station they felt so bad about the man's reaction that they'd like to thank him for being so concerned.

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