Bees Swarm Game Store

Thousands of bees have swarmed outside a New York City game store, trapping employees inside for hours.

Worried employees looked out the window of the Manhattan store while talking on the phone as the bees clustered Saturday afternoon. A sign in the window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation."

Most passers-by avoided the GameStop store near Union Square, one of the city's busiest shopping areas. But Edward Albers tried to help. Dressed in regular clothes, he lured many bees into a box without getting stung.

Eventually, bee specialist Tony Planakis arrived in protective gear and used the scent of a queen bee to collect the rest of them.

The store has reopened for business.

The bees are being taken to hives upstate.

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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 24, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    Typical city people. Bees are not usually aggressive while they are swarming.They are just hanging out while scout bees search out a suitable place to build a new hive.They would have moved on in a day or two.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    So glad No one get *smart* and killed them. Honey Bees are almost endangered. If you find a swarm please call a beekeeper. They will come out and get the swarm of Honey bees for free.

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