According to the local ABC news station, the swarm ... well ... swarmed outside the building and prevented GameStop employees from conducting any kind of business for hours. However, they did not lose their sense of humor. While the bee situation was being sorted out, employees hung a "Temporarily Closed Due to Bee Infestation" sign in the window. The sign also had the word "Look!" and an arrow pointing to where bees were gathered.
ABC reporters were quickly on the scene and called the police in an effort to alleviate the problem. The police department said to call the fire department, which said to call 911, which said to call 311, which said to call the New York City mayor's office. After all that, it still took two hours to get anyone to help.
Anyone other than Edward Albers, that is. Albers was labeled a "Good Samaritan" by ABC news, and with good reason. According to the report, he lured about a thousand bees (but who's counting?) into a bag, which he closed and put inside a box. The box was labeled Danger and placed inside the "Do not cross" tape that was keeping "bee watchers" back.
The NYPD sent Tony Planakis, its "bee specialist," to remove the bees. When asked how long it would take to remove the swarm, Planakis replied, "It depends, it could take a half hour, it could take an hour, could take a couple hours."
Eventually he succeeded in his task, and nonviolently relocated the bees "upstate to his hives." GameStop employees were able to re-open the store, and business continued as usual. At least, as usual as it gets when the better part of the workday has been spent trapped inside the store for fear of a large swarm of insects.
From Last week, but ridiculously relevant, considering Bee's just tried to bring that airplane down in MA.
Look, I'm a fan of honey, flying, and videogames, but if these things are becoming too hazardous to my health, then I'll reconsider all three. I mean cmon ... Here's the latest Wii game, but if you buy it, you'll be stung 1 million times by this swarm of bees ... Wow, well, yeah, I guess I'll pass on WiiFit ...