A decorator from London, who purchased a dummy to sit in the front of his van as a form of theft prevention, has had his neighbours call the emergency services, as they believed there was a dead person in the front seat.
Having been a victim of tool and van theft in the past, Joel Bardall, 37, decided that apart from using traditional security and theft prevention techniques he would try something a bit more ‘innovative’ as a scare tactic.
Speaking about his idea, the painter said “Recently, I made a ‘dummy’ of a tradesman that I’m keeping in my van to hopefully keep van tool thieves away.
“Slightly mental? Yes… but if it does the job & stops an opportunist thieving scum bag bastard from breaking into my van then job done.”
However, one thing the painter didn’t bank on was the potential affect the dummy might have on concerned members of the public who might notice a motionless, stiff, life-like person in the front seat of the van.
And this was the situation that played out this week after the painter’s wife peered out the window one evening and noticed a few of their neighbours had surrounded the van looking confused and concerned.
“Two neighbours were stood by my van, where I normally park it, with one on the phone & looking concerned. My wife started laughing saying ‘there’s two women by your van… I better make sure they realise it’s not real.'”
Well turns out her intuition was right as the neighbours believed it was a dead body.
“They’d spotted it the other day in the same position and thought someone had died cause he’s not moving and they were calling the police & ambulance, knocking on the window shouting ‘Hello… are you OK?.'”
Fortunately the decorator and his wife got outside just in time to explain the situation much to the amusement of their neighbours.
Oh and we know what you’re thinking and yes the dummy does have a name, Joel has decided to call him ‘Gary’.
This article was originally published on fixradio.co.uk