Chevy Chase hides behind the tree in a scene from the film 'Christmas Vacation', 1989.
Photo: Warner Brothers/Getty Images
Photo: Warner Brothers/Getty Images

‘Christmas Vacation’ decoration display freaks out passerby

A homeowner in Texas wanted to pay tribute to the holiday classic “Christmas Vacation,” but he may want to think again after hanging a dummy, dressed as Chevy Chase’s character, Clark Griswold, from the gutter on the front of the house.

Chris Heerlein’s display was so realistic that a passerby was taken aback and tried to rescue the fake Clark, KVUE reported

The “rescue” was caught on a doorbell camera and you can hear the man trying to get help for the “man.”

“Oh mister, please hold on,” the man said as he tried to maneuver a ladder under the dummy. He also called 911.

“I was trying to get him down any way I can. Except when I started talking to hm, he never said nothing! Then I thought, ‘Oh my God I hope he’s not dead, lemme call 911,’” Alfred, the man who “saved” Clark, told KVUE.

A police officer did show up and spoke to a nanny at the home. 

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The family has since added a new decoration -- a sign that says “Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911.”

The family also reached out to Alfred, who had a good laugh once he realized it was all for a Christmas display. The family called and thanked him, and gave him a gift card to apologize for the scare, KVUE reported.

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