Brickbat: I'll Be Your Honeybee

Residents of one Hillsboro, Oregon, neighborhood are angry after city workers sprayed a honeybee hive, killing many of the bees. City officials say they thought the bees were yellow jackets and were a danger to people walking on a nearby sidewalk.

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  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    The stupid, it burns.

  • ||

    this is not one of the better Brickbats

  • Bardas Phocas||

    You say Dog, I say Tsetse Fly.
    The city has vermin killers. Their job is to kill things - not do dna testing to see if the critters are cuddly pandas or rabid grizzlies.
    Things must die - public employees must be paid - nothing else happened.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Err...this really warranted a mention on Reason? Is it a slow news day or something?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Stinging comment. Just because you can't see what all the buzz is about, don't ruin it for everyone else, honey.

  • Generic Stranger||

    I don't really want to beelabor the point, but really, compared to drones dropping bombs indiscriminately and swarms of police officers prosecuting victimless crimes, who gives a shit about this? Maybe I'm not meshing with the hive mind on this one, but this doesn't really trip my "abuse of power" antenna.

  • RBS||

    That's why it's a brickbat. I'm still amazed that people do not get the point of these things after all this time.

  • JeremyR||

    Erm, since when do wasps (which Yellow Jackets are) live in hives? They have nests, which don't really look like beehives at all.

    That said, does it really matter? Bees are the jerks that wasps are, but they can still sting...

  • Generic Stranger||

    A big wasps nest can sometimes resemble a hive.

  • RBS||

    Seem like the people who actually live in the neighborhood did not have a problem with the bees. Probably making their damn artisanal honey...

  • Spartacus||

    Yellow jackets generally make their nests undergraound, at least here in the South. It's really not that hard to tell them from bees.

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