Wednesday 17 January 2018

Halloween 'body' prank sparks repeated calls to police

The 'body' that has lead to people calling the police and rushing to perform CPR
The 'body' that has lead to people calling the police and rushing to perform CPR

David Kearns

Halloween may still be a few weeks away but some people are already getting spooked.

A dummy placed face down in a woman's front yard as a Halloween prank in the US’ city of Detroit has prompted repeated visits by police.

The decoration has had some people calling police thinking it is an actual person.  

"Every year I come up with something," said dummy owner Larethia Haddon, who loves Halloween.

"This year's just taken off really big… and it's all because of her dummy,” she told Fox News.

MS Haddon puts the dummy, face down, in a different location in her yard every morning and watches the reactions from passers-by as she sips coffee in her living room.

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“I used to live in Redford Township, and oh God — the police department, fire department, they would come out every day,” she said.

“Everywhere I’ve ever lived, it’s always been this way. But this year, for some reason, it’s getting a lot of attention.

“The area is full of cars, and people are always running up trying to do CPR. Once they find out it’s a dummy, it’s so hilarious,” Ms Haddon said.

“I’ve also had them knock on my door, screaming and holler," she says.

"That's not the reaction I really wanted; I'm trying to get a laugh out of them.”

According to the Detroit Policer Department, they are usually called out to investigated the dummy three to four times a week.

"It would be great if they could put something along the lines of it being a display to alert to the citizens in the community so it doesn’t arise unnecessary concern," Detroit Police Officer Shanelle Williams said.

"If we get a call, we are still responding. We can’t take the chance."

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