Well, this started as a simple “check out this picture” blog post that took a funny turn when it led to a run in with the police. I had just stopped at La Prima in the strip District for a cup of coffee (I think this is the best in town). When I saw this article in the Post-Gazette about the Polish Deli that had reopened in Polish Hill. So I decided to take the scenic route through Polish Hill to my next destination. Since there was no traffic behind me I took some pictures from my car window as I was driving down Brereton Street (and got some strange looks from some of the neighbors). On my way out of Polish Hill I caught a glimpse of this sign, I slowed down, checked to see if there were any cars behind me and reversed the car to see if that signs really said “betcha’ dupa.”
The sign was on an agle and my camera phone isn’t that great so I pulled the car to the side of the road and walked over to get a better picture. There is also some cool sculptures over there but I couldn’t get a closer look because I would have risked falling down the hillside.
So I climb back over the guardrail and get back in my car and I start writing the blog post on my blackberry. Within a few minutes – police car behind me. I had to explain to the officer that I was just sitting there writing an email about the picture of the sign. He then asked what does the sign say and I had to tell the officer “You betcha’ dupa you are leavin’ Polish Hill.” At this point I think he thought I had lost my mind so he asked to see the picture after I showed it to him and told him I was posting it on a blog (he gave me another look that said – “really? who stops their car under a bridge to write emails about signs”) and he let me go. So I hope you can enjoy this picture and avoid a run in with the police.
Elizabeth Perry says
Wow. "Who stops their car under a bridge to write emails about signs?” Lots of people I know!
Thanks for a great story.
Cool sign! Too bad about the typo ("your").
great sign, great story. 🙂
Mark Stroup says
Having a camera helps. Just looking is plenty suspect.
Haha. That story tickles me. Thanks.
We here in Polish Hill love the sign too! And we're thrilled that Alfred's Deli is back…
Rob McMonigal says
I feel your pain–I just got asked what I was doing as I took pictures of the nighttime snowfall.
Terry Doloughty says
Polish Hill has one of the most sensitive fast responding security systems on the planet. The networking system is cordless, wireless , operates 24 /7 regardless of light level, temperature, or noise level
Little old ladies with cell phones….. :} no way to get anything past them.
Polish Hill Civic Association
@Terry – ha ha. That is great. Glad they are keeping an eye on the neighborhood! I promise I was just taking pictures!