AUSTIN, Texas –
The movie "Christmas Holiday" is considered by some to be a holiday classic, and a man in Austin has taken it to a new extreme.
The Heerlein family has modeled the scene from the movie where Clark Griswold hangs from the roof while trying to put on Christmas lights.
They bought a dummy online and put a Clark Griswold mask on it. Then she searched Goodwill for clothes that looked exactly like the one Chevy Chase wears in the movie.
Chris Heerlein hung the doll from its own roof and built a ladder underneath it as if it had fallen over.
Heerlein wanted to win a holiday competition. Instead, he caused panic only a day after setting up his screen.
A passerby is seen on a home watching video trying to help a dummy, and believes it was a real person.
He called 91
The family carried a sign at the bottom of the ladder with the inscription: "Clark G is part of our Christmas exhibit. Please do not call 911."
They felt so bad about the passerby's reaction that they turned to him to thank him for his concern.
"We would like to find and reach him, we have a very special gift that we would like to give him and we would like to thank him," Wheless said.
It turns out that the good Samaritan named Alfred is a retired veteran. When he realized that it was not real, he had a good sense of humor about the whole thing.
"I've tried to get him in every possible way, except when I started talking to him, he never said anything!" Alfred said on the phone and laughed. "Then I thought," Oh my god, I hope he's not dead. I'm calling 911.
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