A man went to a grocery store to return to the car and found thousands of bees in the back seat.
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A New Mexico man got more than he expected when he returned to his car after a stop at the grocery store.
According to the Las Cruces Fire Department Facebook announcement, firefighters were sent to a car last Sunday after the vehicle owner noticed that a swarm of at least 15,000 bees had entered his car. The driver had apparently stopped at a local Albertsons, put his groceries in the car, and found the crush in the back seat of the car while he was driving. The car window was apparently shut down at the time of the incident.
A swarm of bees that has entered a parked car is safely relocated by an off-duty firefighter
Posted by Las Cruces Fire Department on Monday 29 Mar 2021
The fire department said they cordoned off the area before calling in off duty firefighter Jesse Johnson, who is a beekeeper in his spare time. Johnson reportedly responded to the scene with the tools necessary to safely remove the bees, including a beehive kit, lemongrass oil, gloves, and appropriate equipment.
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"The fire brigade was on site for almost two hours while the bees were removed and rehomed," the department wrote on Facebook. "A security guard at Albertson was stabbed and some guests may have had close encounters, but no major injuries have been reported."
The bees were eventually taken to Johnson's estate, which is outside the city limits, the department added.
Of course, the news, which has been re-shared over 100 times at the time of this writing, seemed to take some other Facebook users by surprise.
"Why and how did so many bees get into the car? How long would it take to fill a car with bees?" one person wrote. "While you shop? Great job."
"How on earth do you get so many bees in your car?" another added.
Others took the opportunity to make fun of the situation.
"Oh, I have … great job Jesse!" One user wrote about the firefighter who removed the bees.
"Bee-Z-Day for LCFD," commented a second.