A NJ home's tongue-in-cheek Christmas decorations prompted a visit from the cops on early Saturday morning.
Here's how the Star-Ledger describes the scene outside Kevin Maurer's home: "The Freehold Township resident staged a mock holiday mishap outside his home, dangling a dummy from the roof of his garage above a toppled ladder. Maurer fixed a spotlight on the mannequin, clad in jeans, a sweatshirt, sneakers, a backwards baseball cap and a neon green Jersey Strong backpack."
The cops arrived at 1 a.m. yesterday after getting a report about a man clinging to Maurer's roof: "Maurer quickly realized he forgot to unplug the spotlight on the hanging mannequin before he went to bed. Because the Christmas lights are timed to flicker off at 11 p.m., a passerby saw a dark house with a lone figure suspended from the garage and mistook Maurer’s Christmas dummy for a real person in distress in the dead of night."
Maurer said, "I’m fast asleep and all of the sudden there are five cops at my door. I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to make him (the dummy) a Monmouth County legend but I got in trouble for it."
He did post a photograph of the dummy (on his car) on Facebook yesterday, "Christmas has been Cancelled. Not so Fast! What shall we try next!!! Thoughts???"