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Bees trap customers in L.A. liquor store
Netscape News ^ | 11/29/2002 | No byline

Posted on 11/29/2002 2:00:32 PM PST by Skooz

Bees trap customers in L.A. liquor store

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marauding bees held shoppers hostage inside a Los Angeles liquor store for two hours on Thanksgiving while engaging firefighters in a tense standoff, officials said Friday.

The bees showed up suddenly at the front door of Sam's Mini Market in the northern Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth at about 11 a.m. Thursday as customers were making last-minute holiday purchases, said store owner Kawaljit Singh.

"A lot of them came in a second," Singh told Reuters. "One customer, he was trying to walk out and he said, 'Look at that!' There was a dark cloud."

The customer slammed the door shut and the siege began.

The bees, which had built a hive under the liquor store sign, trapped Singh, two customers and an employee inside the store for about two hours as firefighters repeatedly doused the insects with firefighting foam.

"All of them got dead but they were still coming from somewhere," Singh said, adding that as one swarm of bees was killed, another wave would appear..

"We would foam some of them and the bees would leave and then come back. It became a question of who can outlast the other?" fire department spokesman Bob Collis said.

The fire crew gave the bees one last soaking and urged customers to make a run for it at around 1 p.m. PST, then left Singh to battle the stragglers, Collis said.

"We assumed they were not the Africanized type because they were not aggressive -- they were just flying around," Collis said.

After mopping up gallons of foam and bees bodies, Singh attacked the hive one last time -- this time with a can of bug spray from his own shelves.

"That worked pretty good," he said. "I hope they don't come back. We don't want them."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: allofthemgotdead; beeznthehood; donlettitstingh; foambyhive; holdmuhbees

1 posted on 11/29/2002 2:00:32 PM PST by Skooz
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To: Skooz
Did a search. Didn't see it posted. Not really Killer Bees. More like Thug Bees.
2 posted on 11/29/2002 2:01:30 PM PST by Skooz
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To: Skooz
For some reason, it never occured to me that people go to liquor stores on Thanksgiving morning.
Nothing wrong with that, I suppose.
It just doesn't seem much like a traditional Thanksgiving activity.
3 posted on 11/29/2002 2:06:50 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Skooz
I am surprised they did not call a bee keeping service to capture them. The bees, if they are domestic are quite valuable.

We had a similar problem a couple of years ago. A bee keeper came out with his white helmeted suit and sprayed the bees down with sugar water. (said it got the bees drunk)

It took him about ten minutes to find the huge hive. The bees had taken over an entire insulated wall of our neigbor's garage. He sprayed more sugary water on them all, then proceded to cut out the hive an moved it along with all the honey to his truck.

He said in the end, there were more than 50,000 bees in the hive. He was going to sell all the bees to farmers for polination of their crops. The guy got paid three times. Paid to remove the bees, paid to sell the honey, and paid by the farmers for use in their farming.

4 posted on 11/29/2002 2:08:46 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Willie Green
Maybe it's the only way some people can put up with their in-laws for long periods of time...????
5 posted on 11/29/2002 2:09:09 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Skooz
"All of them got dead but they were still coming from somewhere," Singh said, adding that as one swarm of bees was killed, another wave would appear..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

6 posted on 11/29/2002 2:09:31 PM PST by Dog
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To: Nachum
Beekeeping is a fun job... nothing like feeling thoussands of bees crawling over every inch of your body... it's a real trip... :0)
7 posted on 11/29/2002 2:11:50 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Nachum
Now I know where Barenjaeger liqour comes from.
8 posted on 11/29/2002 2:12:45 PM PST by SandfleaCSC
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To: Willie Green
And you have never heard of the " TURDUCKEN"?

Just wanna be your good friend, Mr. Green...
9 posted on 11/29/2002 2:14:21 PM PST by Vidalia
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To: Chad Fairbanks
LOL. This bee keeper was one of these PETA types who loved "all living creatures". Said that he loved his job. ( and had a real THICK protective suit )
10 posted on 11/29/2002 2:14:25 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Willie Green
For some reason, it never occured to me that people go to liquor stores on Thanksgiving morning. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. It just doesn't seem much like a traditional Thanksgiving activity.

I think we should pass a law, all mini marts and greedy marts to be closed on Thanksgiving. This should put a stop to this non traditional activity.

11 posted on 11/29/2002 2:16:01 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Dog
All your liquor are belong to us.
12 posted on 11/29/2002 2:16:05 PM PST by SandfleaCSC
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To: Skooz
Getting buzzed at a liquor store - what a concept!
14 posted on 11/29/2002 2:16:37 PM PST by mombonn
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To: Nachum
What a wuss... all my uncle ever gave me was a hat with a net, and some gloves... the rest was standard "battle dress" (i.e. everything buttoned up, socks up around pantlegs etc...)...

The only part of the job I hated was having to watch for snakes under the pallets of hives...
15 posted on 11/29/2002 2:16:41 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Willie Green
"It just doesn't seem much like a traditional Thanksgiving activity."

Well, there isn't a whole lot to do after you
open your presents.
16 posted on 11/29/2002 2:17:50 PM PST by gcruse
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Wuss? Well, we do live near Hollywood! Maybe he was in costume. lol
17 posted on 11/29/2002 2:19:04 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Willie Green
Or, it could be that they were all freepers, depressed by all the news of lay-offs that you keep posting ;0)
18 posted on 11/29/2002 2:19:31 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Yes, I agree. But that would just pave the way for "bootleggers" to sell cranberry sauce and stuffing to the criminals who run out on Thanksgiving. And that would lead to Mexicans smuggling tons of the stuff on the interstate. Then we would have Dane or Kevin Curry help round up the offenders so they could be shot, hung, drawn, and quartered.
19 posted on 11/29/2002 2:21:36 PM PST by SandfleaCSC
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To: Skooz
...held shoppers hostage inside a Los Angeles liquor store for two hours on Thanksgiving...

There wasn't a back door or fire exit they could have exited from? Imagine the husband trying to explain to the wife why he was 2 hours late and the turkey dinner was held up and overdone. Honey really! I was held hostage at the liquor store by a swarm of maurading bees!! LOL!
20 posted on 11/29/2002 2:26:01 PM PST by NewsFlash
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To: Nachum
The bees had taken over an entire insulated wall of our neigbor's garage. He sprayed more sugary water on them all, then proceded to cut out the hive an moved it along with all the honey to his truck. He said in the end, there were more than 50,000 bees in the hive. He was going to sell all the bees to farmers for polination of their crops. The guy got paid three times. Paid to remove the bees, paid to sell the honey, and paid by the farmers for use in their farming.

Big smile for Enterprising Beekeepers

21 posted on 11/29/2002 2:30:36 PM PST by joesnuffy
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To: Skooz

22 posted on 11/29/2002 2:34:26 PM PST by spodefly
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To: Skooz
Least they had something to do while they waited. Hopefully the owners paid the customer's tab.
23 posted on 11/29/2002 2:37:10 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: mombonn
Getting buzzed at a liquor store - what a concept!

Hahahahaha


24 posted on 11/29/2002 2:37:21 PM PST by jellybean
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To: Chad Fairbanks
My understanding is that they haven't released the video from inside the place. I managed to find a frame grab from the security cameras in the store - I hope it shows properly.


25 posted on 11/29/2002 2:38:06 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: goodcarp
To kill the bees or not kill the bees, that is the question;
I get hives just thinking about this;

This was really series, I think I'll go take a shower. and afterwards,
I'll comb my hair.
26 posted on 11/29/2002 2:38:15 PM PST by VMI70
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To: Skooz
LOL! Sound like a Simpson's episode, but instead of a liquor store it could be Moe's Tavern or the Quiky-Mart.
28 posted on 11/29/2002 2:43:40 PM PST by yankeedame
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Ahh.... I've been to that place... they have Liquor in the front, poker in the rear...
29 posted on 11/29/2002 2:44:19 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Skooz
I can just imagine me trying to use that story to explain to my wife why I'm two hours late coming back from the liquor store, "Really, dear, bees! They were everywhere. I was trapped in a liquor store..."
30 posted on 11/29/2002 2:44:29 PM PST by Entropy Squared
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To: Dog
I keep thinking of that Mexican bee on television, the Simpsons, maybe?

When I saw LA and swarm, I immediately thought it was a new invasion of illegals.
31 posted on 11/29/2002 3:23:40 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Isn't smoke the thing which immobilizes honey bees? The guy should have burned some grocery bags or something.I guess the firemen would have had a fit at this.
32 posted on 11/29/2002 6:09:14 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: Rocksalt
All it ever actually seemed to do was drive them out... just long enough for us to change hives...
33 posted on 11/29/2002 6:10:32 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Probobly wouldn't have worked in this scenario then I'm guessing.
What state were these bees likely in? My understanding is when bees are swarming outside in big clouds they are moving around and are not in an aggressive stage.Is this true?
34 posted on 11/29/2002 6:31:32 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: Rocksalt
when bees are swarming, I always go the other way... ;0)
35 posted on 11/29/2002 6:35:42 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Chad Fairbanks
That's the premise I operate under too.I don't take no chances,I get an allergic reaction to honeybees.
36 posted on 11/29/2002 6:41:41 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: Willie Green
For some reason, it never occured to me that people go to liquor stores on Thanksgiving morning.
Nothing wrong with that, I suppose.
It just doesn't seem much like a traditional Thanksgiving activity.

Many stores are closed on Thanksgiving, but most small liquor stores are open. Most liquor stores here in LA, besides selling bottles of wine which can be viewed as a traditional Thanksgiving purchase, also sell milk and other basic items.

37 posted on 11/29/2002 6:42:03 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: Skooz
Did anyone call the "bbes For Peace" PETA folks. If not, (in the voice of Foghorn Leghorn) I'm outraged. I'm outraged I tell ya.
38 posted on 11/30/2002 12:32:26 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
They weren't Killer Bees, just peaceful Islamic Bees.

Colin Powell may have even invited them over.

39 posted on 11/30/2002 12:38:11 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: Skooz
Perhaps bees like certain kinds of head-dressing as nesting material? Also, perhaps a shower, haircut, some Arrid X-tra Dry, and a shave would have eliminated this scenario. Of course a little DEET as aftershave would work in preventing other sorts of complications.
40 posted on 11/30/2002 12:39:05 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: RadioAstronomer; longshadow; PatrickHenry
Musta been after the mead...
41 posted on 11/30/2002 12:40:59 AM PST by Scully
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To: NewsFlash
Imagine the husband trying to explain to the wife why he was 2 hours late and the turkey dinner was held up and overdone. Honey really! I was held hostage at the liquor store by a swarm of maurading bees!! LOL!

Leno used that as a joke on the Tonight Show. You should get royalties.

42 posted on 11/30/2002 12:43:53 AM PST by Rockitz
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To: Skooz; Thinkin' Gal; Graewoulf; Fred Mertz
This is not the usual time of year for honeybees to swarm, they should be bedding down for winter.  Honeybees don't sting when they swarm.  If someone stuck a stick in a hive and riled them, that is another matter and that is not a swarm.  That is attacking in self-defense of the hive.

We'll put this in our file under:  "Aberrant Animal Behavior"

Wonder what's up....an earthquake or ...?

43 posted on 11/30/2002 12:49:30 AM PST by 2sheep
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To: Nachum
Yes, I thought the same thing about PETA. I just got into Irvine, CA this evening They don't even sell food here. Peanut butter brittle, nuts, grain, soy, and tofu. My son said it seems that they "eat bird food in CA." Maybe that, and the multi-millionaires from Hollywood explains why this state is the most liberal bastion in the country.
44 posted on 11/30/2002 12:52:16 AM PST by Cobra64
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