One family decided to have a little fun with their holiday decorations but got some unexpected attention when a passerby thought someone was legitimately in danger. The Christmas display paid homage to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by recreating the scene where Chevy Chase’s character, Clark Griswold, dangles from the roof after struggling to hang Christmas lights.
The Heerlein family from Austin, Texas, was inspired by the 1989 holiday classic, leading them to purchase a dummy online and scour thrift stores looking for clothing pieces that matched Griswold’s from the chosen scene.
Once they had the dummy dressed, they suspended it from the roof and set up a ladder to make it appear that it tipped over while Christmas lights were being hung.
Apparently, the scene was a little too realistic for one passerby.
When a man came upon the Austin home, he believed that the dummy was a real person. In a video taken by a security camera, the man can be seen trying to adjust the ladder as he yells up to the man he thinks is in danger.
“Oh mister, please hold on,” says the man as he wrestles with the ladder. “Can you reach it?”
When the dummy didn’t respond, the man contacted 911.
“I was trying to get him down any way I can. Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!” the man said in an interview after the incident, according to a report by Global News.
“Then I thought, ‘Oh my God, I hope he’s not dead, lemme call 911.”
After learning about the 911 call when local authorities came to their home, the Heerlein family attached a sign to the bottom of the ladder that used as part of the display, letting others know that the dangling man is actually a dummy and that contacting 911 for help isn’t necessary.