A Detroit woman’s Halloween decoration has prompted repeated visits by police.
Larethia Haddon said police showed up to her home Tuesday, the first day she placed a dummy face down in her front yard. Officer Jennifer Moreno told The Detroit News that officers came back to her house on Wednesday and Thursday.
“We received one call each about the dummy on the sixth, seventh and eighth,” Moreno said. “But as of Friday, the only call we received to Mendota was to check on the welfare of a 99-year-old woman.”
By Friday the calls finally ceased. “Just a dummy,” said Officer Shanelle Williams.
Haddon said she puts the dummy face down in a different location of her yard every morning and watches the reactions from passers-by as she drinks her coffee. She says some have attempted CRP and “once they find out it’s a dummy, it’s so hilarious.”
Haddon told the newspaper she used to live in Redford Township and would have emergency personnel show up almost every day.
“I used to live in Redford Township, and oh God — the police department, fire department, they would come out every day,” Haddon 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.”
Haddon said the tradition started because her husband’s birthday is on Halloween. Haddon said she didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“I’m trying to bring laughter to Detroit,” she said. “We really need it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.