‘Christmas Vacation’ inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911


In the movie, Griswold suffered a mishap putting up Christmas lights.

The Heerlein family said their Austin display, inspired by the film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, includes a dummy version of Chevy Chase's character, Clark Griswold, hanging from the roof in tribute to famous scene from the Christmas classic. They went to a thrift store to find the flawless 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. You can hear the man say, and he wrestles with the ladder, trying to stand it back up to save the dummy.

Ms Wheless said: "He was doing everything he could to get the ladder! And be like 'Save Clark!'" Heerlein's sister-in-law, Leah Wheless, told KVUE. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold". The officer said they've seen this kind of display before, but they were getting calls about it.

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Holiday decorations at one Texas home has led to a bunch of 911 calls.

Following the incident, the family felt so bad about Alfred's reaction. The would-be hero was captured on camera trying to move a ladder to come to the man's rescue, screaming for help and eventually calling 911.

Other families who have tried to recreate the Christmas Vacation scene have also fooled neighbors into thinking the man in the display was a real person. "Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!" Once that failed, Alfred frantically yelled, "HELP!" to cars driving by and then called 911.