‘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

The Heerlein family in Austin, Texas, made a decision to recreate the decoration scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, complete with a hanging Clark Griswold.

The Heerlein family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their Austin, Texas, home, with a ladder tipping beneath him. Norwood told KVUE while laughing.

In 2017, a Colorado man's holiday display recreating the Griswold scene scared his neighbors enough for them to call 911. In the movie, Griswold suffered a mishap putting up Christmas lights.

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.

Although "Clark" is clearly a dummy, people walking by were concerned enough to call for help.

Austin police eventually arrived after the 911 call. The officer said they've seen this kind of display before, but they were getting calls about it.

The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it
Image The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it

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

Passerby Alfred Norwood Jr was recorded on the family's surveillance cameras trying to rescue the dummy last week.

He told ABC 13: "I was trying to get him down any way I can". "Then I thought, 'Oh my God I hope he's not dead, lemme call 9-1-1'".

They said they were giving the man who rushed to help a $500 gift card to show their appreciation for his caring spirit. "Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!"

The family has since added a sign saying the display is not real.


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