I Love You, You Love Me, and Everybody Loves the Girl Who Had to Call 911 Because She Was Stuck in a Barney Costume

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In a plot that would be perfectly suited to an educational children’s show, an Alabama teen learned an important lesson about practical jokes this week when she attempted to scare her friends and wound up having to call 911 to have firefighters cut her out of a Barney The Dinosaur costume.

According to Today, 15-year-old Darby Risney was at a church sleepover with her friends when she found a giant purple dinosaur head in the basement. It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you find a weird mascot head in a church basement, you really have to put it on and jump out at your friends. But because every once in a while Life has a sense of humor, the Barney head slipped down over Darby’s shoulders and she got stuck. Like, stuck stuck. Her friends weren’t even able to get the purple dinosaur head off of her, and rubbing her with Vaseline didn’t help. Eventually they had to go to the fire station to try to get the firemen to help.

Luckily for the Internet, Darby has a teenage brother with a cell phone, and while everyone else was trying to pry his sister from the neck hole of a purple dinosaur head, Logan Risney recorded the whole thing for posterity (also for Snapchat).

The best part of the whole drama–aside from video of two teenagers trying to pull Darby by the legs out of the dinosaur head–is watching the firemen go from stoic professionalism to childlike glee at the task in front of them.

“When they walked in, you couldn’t help but start laughing,” Trussville Fire Lt. Vince Bruno said in an interview with “We tried to be professional, and she was a little distraught, but we had to giggle about it.”

Also, on top of all this drama, I wonder if anyone is worried about copyright infringement, because the purple dinosaur head Darby got stuck in doesn’t actually look like Barney to me. It looks like an unlicensed purple dinosaur knockoff that I have no choice but to call Blarney. Don’t fuck with Blarney, kids. Blarney eats people.