Elf on the Shelf causes panicked call to 911

Parents buy the stuffed elf and hide it at night in order for their kids to find it in the morning.
Parents buy the stuffed elf and hide it at night in order for their kids to find it in the morning. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

“You better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Unfortunately, a seven-year-old Jersey, N.Y., girl did cry and panic after knocking over her Elf on the Shelf, believing she had ruined her chances of meeting Santa.

For those unfamiliar with Elf on the Shelf, if you touch or move the elf from the shelf its magic disappears. Many parents buy the stuffed elf for their children near Christmas time and hide it at night in order for their children to find it in the morning. However, it must not be moved once it goes back on the shelf.

Thinking she had ruined Christmas, the girl called 911, hoping police could help her salvage the holiday, and then rethought her decision. Police came to her home to make sure she was safe.

All’s well that ends well thankfully, due to the good nature of the responding officers.

Though the little girl wasn’t taken to task over calling 911 for something that wasn’t an emergency, most people will be.

In Canada, making a false 911 call can come with a criminal charge or a charge under provincial/territorial legislation.

Earlier this year an 18-year-old Halifax woman made a series of false calls to 911. She was charged with public mischief and received a ticket for making a false 911 call under the province’s Emergency 911 Act.

So, be safe and smart this Christmas. Drink responsibly, drive sober and don’t call 911 if you knocked over your elf from his shelf.

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