A family's attempt to win their neighbourhood Christmas lights competition ended up causing panic when a passer-by thought a man was stuck on their roof.
The Heerlein family's Christmas decorations took a page from the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", in which one character, Clark Griswold, clings to the gutter of the second story of his home after slipping on the roof while putting up lights.
Instead, they almost gave a passerby a heart attack!
A security camera outside the home was recording when a concerned passerby mistook the dummy for a real person in danger.
Ms Wheless said: "He was doing everything he could to get the ladder!"
Please don't call 911. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold".
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In 2017, a Colorado man's holiday display recreating the Griswold scene scared his neighbors enough for them to call 911. "Then I thought, 'Oh my God I hope he's not dead, lemme call 9-1-1'".
The family said they bought the dummy online and decked it out in a Chevy Chase mask and clothes like those the actor wore in the film.
The family has also reached out to the passerby to thank him for his concern, according to KVUE.
Alfred, who eventually realized that the Clark Griswold decorations weren't real, had a sense of humor about the holiday mishap. "Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!"
They said they were giving the man who rushed to help a $500 gift card to show their appreciation for his caring spirit.