A Kentucky woman’s Christmas display recently prompted a neighbor to call 9-1-1 to report what she thought was a man exposing himself outside a home.
When Shepherdsville police arrived at the house, they discovered the man was actually just a mannequin dressed as “Cousin Eddie,” a character played by Randy Quaid in the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The mannequin was clothed in a robe and hat with a cigar in its mouth, holding an orange hose in one hand and a beer in the other.
According to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, the neighbor described “a male standing outside. He is naked. He has a robe covering part of his body. He is exposing himself, and he has a hose between his legs.”
“Umm…it’s gonna be ‘Uncle Eddie,’” a responding officer told the dispatcher. He may have misremembered the character’s name, but he was clearly familiar with the movie, unlike the confused neighbor who had made the call.
Police did not make any arrests or hand out citations. Instead, they had a good laugh and even took some photos of the display.
“Never a dull moment,” Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin commented, according to WDRB news.
The mannequin and the home behind it belong to Joni Keeney, a huge fan of the classic movie.
Keeney said she wanted “people to have a good Christmas and get a laugh” from the display, adding that “it’s been a hit with the neighborhood.”
“Everybody has a ‘Cousin Eddie’ in their family, everybody,” Keeney said.
Several neighbors even helped out with the display, with one providing the beer can for the mannequin and another taking a photo of their dog in front of the display.
Keeney said that she plans to add Clark Griswold hanging off the roof to her display next year.
“That’s a good one,” Chief McCubbin said of the unique decoration.