Early Friday morning the Hudson New York Police Department got a frantic call from a citizen who was concerned for, what appeared to be a woman frozen to death in a parked car.
When the police arrived they walked up on a car, dusted with snow, sitting in temperatures well into the single digits with a “unresponsive woman” sitting in the front seat. In an attempt to rescue the woman, the police officer gallantly broke the back window and opened the car door.
To the police’s surprise it wasn’t a person in the front seat at all, but instead, a life-sized VERY realistic mannequin that included teeth, skin blemishes, normal clothing, and an oxygen mask. The dummy was even strapped into the car by a seatbelt.
Apparently, the owner of the vehicle worked for a company that sold medical training equipment and, since he drove around with the mannequin, he belted her in for safety. The police department put a statement saying:
“It is my understanding that the owner was incredulous that we took action in this matter. He apparently was quite vocal and vulgar to my Sergeant. Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life size realistic mannequin seated in it… we will break your window. I commend everyone who responded with the intentions to help an elderly woman.”
No charges were filed against the owner of the mannequin. Remember people, it’s cold outside, mannequins are people too….kind of.
Featured image via The Honolulu Advertiser.