‘Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

‘Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

‘Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

"Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold".

The Heerlein family just wanted to win their neighborhood holiday decorating contest when they put up a display paying homage to a scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation earlier this week, according to KVUE. They went to a thrift store to find the ideal 1980's winter-in-Chicago ensemble and put it on a dummy which hung from their gutters with such realism that it freaked out a passerby.

A man even ran over to the ladder, thinking it was a real person. The rescue attempt was caught by the home's security camera. They called 911, along with about a dozen others.

A day later though, Alfred, a retired veteran, walked by the fake Clark Griswold display and mistakingly thought the dummy was a legitimate human about to fall.

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.

"We'd love to be able to find him and reach out".

A Texas family is stirring up alarm with their overly realistic Christmas decorations, prompting some passersby to call 911, reports WIVB.

They could hear him give his number to the 9-1-1 operator over the Nest Cam.

Chris Heerlein, the man behind the decoration, and his sister-in-law Leah Wheless, tracked Mr Norwood down after the incident and gave him a gift card for his troubles. "Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!" the passerby told KVUE. Alfred said over the phone to KVUE.

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