Bee Swarm Traps Workers in Gamestop Store

Colony collapse disorder (or CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. One might think the employees of this video game store in New York City were wishing CCD would happen outside their store.

It was a GameStop store in New York City near Union Square. Workers were trapped inside when honeybees decided to swarm outside the store. Such a swarm isn't an uncommon event, but happening outside a store in a metropolis like New York City is rare.

A sign in the store's window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation."

Despite that, Edward Albers, a passerby, tried to help. Amazingly, dressed in regular street clothes, he managed to lure many of the bees into a box without getting stung.  What's interesting is that initially he took photographs of the bees, hoping to scare them off with the flash.  That could have angered the bees, but fortunately, did not.

Eventually, police bee specialist Tony Planakis arrived in protective gear and collected the rest of them. 

The store has reopened, while the bees are being taken to hives in upstate New York.

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