Hotel staff in a Jamaican resort clearly had no idea what a woman had in mind when they were asked to create a tribute to a man who died four years earlier, whose parents were due to visit.
The woman, Karen Baker, asked them to prepare a cake and balloon in memory of the 22-year-old son her friends Faye and Andrew Stephens had lost in 2014, whose birthday it was, but was shocked to find the “horrifying effigy”.
The dummy was propped up on their bed with a cake on its lap.
"Staff had gone through my friend's wardrobe and stuffed the clothes with towels to make it look like a body on the bed. They even put tears down the face and a can of lager in his hand," Ms Baker told the BBC.
Fortunately she discovered the dummy and removed it before they arrived.
TUI UK, the travel operator which arranged the trip, apologised to the guests and refunded the cost of their holiday in full.