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Editorial: Fake scene, real scare

Fake scene, real scare
Halloween brings out the macabre in some people.
Case in point: A yard display on Organ Church Road features human arms and legs sticking out from under a riding lawn mower. A passing motorist mistook the ěaccident sceneî for the real thing and called 911.
Is the joke on him or her? A quick Facebook poll found Post readers divided about whether the display was funny or inappropriate. By 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, ěfunnyî was ahead, but not by much. A few people said the driver should have stopped if the incident looked real.
Say this for the caller: he or she deserves credit for taking action in what appeared to be an emergency. An eye exam may be in order, but the person was concerned enough to call.
Be prepared to see more of this kind of thing as Oct. 31 nears, but donít become too jaded ó either in judging whether something is a gag or in designing your own display. Remember that survivors of real tragedy will be driving by, too. And accidents do happen. No matter what season it is, if you see someone who appears injured and in need of help, call 911. Better safe (or embarrassed) than sorry.

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