Over the Christmas holiday, a prankster changed an exit sign on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway to the name of Chevy Chase’s character in the National Lampoon’s Vacation films, according to NBC New York.
Someone used tape to doctor up the “Clark/Westfield” highway exit sign to read “Clark Griswold,” the name of the patriarch of the vacations-gone-array comedy films, including 1989’s Christmas Vacation.
Travelers on Christmas Day spotted the prank and posted photos of it to social media. State police had confirmed that those shared photos were real, not Photoshopped, and that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority had quickly restored the sign to its proper state.
Here’s a photo of the doctored sign posted to Twitter by Yahoo! Travel:
A photo posted by Chris Jefferson (@djblackivan) on
While the prank might possibly have been disruptive to travelers that day and most likely a pain in the butt for the NJTA, being a fan of the Vacation movies, I’d have been amused to come across a sign like this. Unfortunately, the prankster missed the opportunity to change “Clark/Westfield” to the character’s full name “Clark W. Griswold.”