Police in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, were called to the whereabouts of a man allegedly parading himself outside a home — only to discover it was just an elaborate homage to a beloved Christmas movie.
When police arrived on the scene on Wednesday, December 21, they were relieved to learn that no crime had occurred that day in the small town about 20 miles south of Louisville: It was just a model who belonged to the “National Lampoon’s Birthday Vacation” reported. WDRB-TV, the local Fox affiliate.
A dispatcher in Shepherdsville described the scene as “a man standing outside. Naked. He has a robe covering part of his body. He exposes himself, and he has a hose between his legs.”
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When the officers got there, they did not find a man in a robe exposing himself. They never found a man.
Instead, they find a mannequin dressed as “Cousin Eddie,” the foul-mouthed character played by Randy Quaid in the 1989 movie.
The model was wearing a robe and hat, holding a beer and smoking a cigar.
The mannequin was holding an orange hose, a reference to Cousin Eddie’s iconic scene in the film when his RV’s plumbing is “full”.
The officers who were present at the scene did not make any arrests or martyrdom. Instead, they “actually laughed and took some pictures of the show,” WDRB-TV said.
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“It was never a dull moment,” Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin commented.
The model belongs to Johnny Kinney, who said that “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is her favorite Christmas movie, and that “everyone has ‘Cousin Eddie’ in their family, everyone.”
WDRB said Kenny and her husband don’t drink, so they enlisted the help of a neighbor to make their show more movie-accurate.
Her neighbor, Tamara Gold, said: “She told me she was looking for a model, and I’m like, ‘Oh, Lord, here we go.'”
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Gould’s husband drank the beer that “Cousin Eddie” was carrying, the outlet reported.
In addition to Cousin’s model Eddie, Keeney’s show contained other references to the film.
Under an overturned armchair (which she said she bought on the Facebook Marketplace), Kenny outlines a cat in what appears to be tinsel.
In the movie, the Griswold family cat is electrocuted in a tragic accident at the Christmas lights.
Kinney said she wanted people to “have a merry Christmas and laugh” at her show, adding, “The neighborhood has been a huge success.”
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“He’s the best, I think,” Gould agreed to WDRB.
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Next year, Kinney hopes to expand her show to include other characters from the film.
She said she intended to hang the Clark Griswold mannequin from her roof, she told WDRB.
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