Rob Ford look-alike says he gets mistaken for him 'all the time'

Fonthill, Ont., resident Barry Neelin says he's stopped on a daily basis because people believe he...

Fonthill, Ont., resident Barry Neelin says he's stopped on a daily basis because people believe he looks just like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.(MARYANNE FIRTH/QMI Agency)

Maryanne Firth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

PELHAM, Ont. — Everywhere he goes, people whisper.

Some strangers stare.

Others come up and shake his hand.

Barry Neelin can’t believe the attention he’s been getting, even more so in recent weeks, due to his uncanny resemblance to a certain controversial Toronto mayor.

The Fonthill, Ont., resident has a good chuckle each time he’s approached in Niagara by people believing he’s Rob Ford.

“Men and women come up to me. People yell out their windows to me when I’m walking down the street. It happens all the time,” Neelin said.

It started last year when Neelin got a new haircut - suddenly, he was transformed. When he’s wearing a suit, he gets mistaken for Ford even more.

“A lady asked me to attend her Halloween party. I told her, ‘I’m not Rob Ford.’ You tell them you’re not and they look at you in amazement. They say, ‘You could be a decoy,” Neelin said.

As for his mayoral doppelganger, Neelin said he thinks Ford is being treated unfairly.


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