Police Called In Over Feud Between Ice Cream Vendors

UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — Imagine one ice cream truck trying to run another ice cream truck off the road. Uniontown police say that’s what happened on Hortense Street last Wednesday.

He used to known at the “Good” Humor man, the guy who trawled the streets, tantalizing tots with icy treats, but that was then – this is now.

“He ran me off the road last year. He ran my husband off the road this year,” Polly Finnell said.

She and her husband Ted own Miss Polly’s Sweet Treats. This is their second season as purveyors of popsicles and more.

“This is not a turf war – we have nothing against the other company,” she said.

The other company, “F&S,” has been around since 1998.

“It’s just one driver,” says Polly.

And according to Polly, that driver is 29-year-old Bernard Geisel, Jr. of Farmington, who works on commission. He has been accused of harassing the Finnells.

“He’s pretty much been harassing us since last year anytime he sees us,” Polly said.

Wednesday she called police.

“He runs my husband off the road in front of these children.”

The owner of “F&S” called ted to apologize. His son, Frank Swaney, an attorney, gave us this statement: “This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and we believe this now has been worked out.”

In the police incident report, the officer at the scene told both parties they better try to get along or the city may refuse to let either of them sell ice cream inside the city limits.

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    Must be another slow news day for KDKA, at least they got the “Scoop” on the story.

  • Linda Rees

    I surely wont purchase from F & S ever again

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  • Hoss

    Sounds like the F&S guy is taking his job waaaaayyy too seriously.

  • Chief

    The question is “how did these people get permits in the first place?” These vehicles and drives have the appearance of being less than clean.

  • King David

    “Break”??? How about “Brake”??? Who proof reads this stuff????

  • Kathy

    So sad that racial comments have to brought into this. I honestly don’t care if the people were black or white. This kind of behavior doesn’t say much for their character!

    • Matthias

      You are right, Kathy, but I guess I just get so darn tired of reading the racial remarks on this site aimed directly at us black folk. And, no one, not even you, say a word about it until the remarks are the other way around.

      • Dave

        Am I missing something? Who said anything about race?

      • Gary Wayne Parker

        And this is a racial remark aimed directly at us white folks!Idon’t see those remarks! So get ove! I ust the whiners!

      • Matthias

        Not in this story, now. However, in numerous stories blacks are constantly put down with racial slurs without rebuke.

        I make one racial comment the opposite way and the rebukes come out in bunches.

  • cheese

    Where’s a good Cholera outbreak when you need one…

  • JTO

    I always thought that Uniontown should drop down into West Virginia, then we could always make fun of their lineage. Who really cares what goes on in a town where the only news is bad news.

  • Chris

    Hey KDKA, would it “brake” the budget to at least pay a high school graduate to type your online news stories so the words would be correct?

    Oh wait, whoever typed this story probably graduated college with straight A’s. Forgot how low our educational standards are now……..

  • Kathy

    When I first read the comments, there was one aimed at the black race and one at the white race. I don’t know if they were deleted or what, but they were definitely on here earlier, which is why I posted my comment.

  • Marty Griffin

    I’m sending my kids down to Uniontown to see which truck’s ice cream is the best…report at 6.

  • Harry Boards

    Miss Polly’s ice cream is soft. When did it become a crime to have a little fun between 2 ice cream vendors. Just trying to make a living…I heard F&S barters. My neighbor said he got a chocolate eclaire for an old tire rim.

  • Cold Stone Austin

    Give me a hell yeah!

  • J

    Poop ice cream.

  • raul

    Tell the F&S driver you know Mandie the producer from KDKA, that will surely get him to stop.

  • louie three rivers regetta

    i can’t believe they ratted Bernie out.

  • My brothers keeper

    so kid whaddya call yourself ? “The ICECREAM MANNNNNNNNNNNN”

  • pittgirl

    I think it’s funny, the driver for F&S has got character..If I lived there, I would buy off of him..Besides I have a few tire rims I need to get rid of..

  • PooMan

    Why don’t these two just “friend” each other on Facebook?

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  • Dairy Queen anyone...

    wow. ice cream has become such a serious business these days. um, thinking i’ll just go to DQ. or maybe buy it at S-N-S or GE.

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