NEW JERSEY — The Elf on the Shelf has taken the world by storm to make sure that children behave as Christmas approaches.
One little girl, 7-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta, grew a tad bit impatient and touched the Elf in her home.
Realizing that could land her on the naughty list and ruin Christmas, she dialed 911 in a complete panic.
After the 911 operator picked up and asked Isabelle what the problem was, she panicked and said, “Don’t come to my house! Don’t!” Isabelle then admitted that she was trying to call her father, and the 911 operator reassured her that it was just a mistake.
As with any 911 call, officers were dispatched to the home. Isabelle’s mother stirred from her nap to the sound of her daughter trying to shoo the police officer away.
“She was hysterical crying, she was panicking,” her mother, Lynanne LePreuta, told NBC New York.
The officer radioed back to headquarters, “Isabella apologized. She touched the Elf on a Shelf. She won’t call 911 again.”
Police completely understood that it was a true emergency for the little girl who thought she was going to ruin Christmas.
“To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf, and she’s going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency,” Old Bridge Police Lt. Joseph Mandola told NBC. “In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us.”
If your child accidentally touches the Elf on your Shelf, there is a simple solution.
“If your scout elf has been touched, you can apologize by writing a letter to Santa, or saying you’re sorry to your elf. Then, please sprinkle a little cinnamon beside him or her before you go to bed; cinnamon is like vitamins for scout elves, and it helps them get back to the North Pole. Once they arrive, the North Pole doctors will check them out.”