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This House’s 'Christmas Vacation' Display Scared One Guy Into Calling The Police

Some elaborate Christmas displays inspire us. Some bring out the child within us. Some warm our hearts. Apparently, some also scare us into calling the police. One Texas man learned that sobering lesson the hard way.
According to Fox News, a man in Austin, Texas, decked his home out with a "Christmas Vacation" display that looked so realistic, a passerby called the cops.
"The Heerlein family in Austin had decked out their home as a tribute to 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,' complete with a mannequin dressed as Chevy Chase charter Clark Griswold hanging from the roof," reports the outlet.
For those who have yet to familiarize themselves with the Christmas comedy classic, in the movie, Chevy Chase's character Clark Griswold blankets his house with a light display so incredibly bright that it blinds the next door neighbors. At one point he falls off the roof, which the mannequin meant to display. Unfortunately, it scared a passerby so much that they called 911.
A NEST camera at the door caught the whole incident on video, which showed the concerned man, a retired veteran named Alfred, trying to save what he thought was a man hanging in a string of lights. At one point, he tries grabbing a ladder to save him. "Oh mister, please hold on!" Alfred can be heard saying in the video. Take a look:
"He was doing everything he could to get the ladder! And be like 'Save Clark!'' Heerlein’s sister-in-law, Leah Wheless, told KVUE. "He didn't give up. Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold."
When Austin police arrived in response to the 911 call, the Heerlins were broken up by Alfred's futile heroics and gave him a gift card to apologize.
"I was trying to get him down anyway I can. Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!" Alfred told KVUE. "Then I thought, 'Oh my God, I hope he's not dead, lemme call 9-1-1.'"
A sign has now been placed in the Heerlin's front yard asking people not to call 911.
The Clark Griswold display is not the only one causing a neighborhood panic this year. In New Jersey, a man's Christmas light display has become such a popular sensation that the local government is now demanding he pay a hefty price if he wants to keep them up. In Oklahoma, another popular light display was forced to close early on Saturday night after being vandalized by unruly teenagers. From KFOR:
A neighborhood is cleaning up after their popular Christmas lights display was vandalized.​ Camera footage catches what appears to be teens picking up and stealing the lights. Some were actually found a block away, but do not work anymore.
Neighbors believe they also intentionally crushed some lights up the road, too.
It happened in the neighborhood near Northwest 23rd and Council where nearly two dozen families worked on all of the lights.
"Why do it? What good did they get out of it?" said homeowner Mark Metalik. "It's frustrating because you do a lot of work and try to get it all nice and looking nice for everyone else."
The light display involved 21 neighbors who spent an entire month to put them up. One tree alone included over a thousand lights. People would often travel from outside the city to see it.
"We have tons of people that come through and people travel from Enid, or lots of places, long way away, just to come down and do this. It`s part of their family traditions," Metalik told reports.

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