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To be appalled by the ignorance of my colleague?

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Moulesfrites Sun 03-Jul-11 20:10:21

My work colleague was telling me today that she had found a bees' nest in her garden - instead of calling the council etc, she and her fiance decided to pour water on it with a hosepipe, knock it down and stamp on it to break it up and kill the bees sad

AIBU to be absolutely horrified by this?? I was trying to explain to her how important bees are but she really didn't understand that she had done anything wrong - she claimed that she was protecting herself and her neighbours from being stung hmm

is it even worth trying to convince someone so stupid of the errors of her ways??

FabbyChic Sun 03-Jul-11 20:12:27

God she was brave I'd be too scared.

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 03-Jul-11 20:13:30

YABU.... I had a swarm of literally thousands of bees arrive in my garden a few months ago and you've no idea how bloody frightening it is until you're in the middle of it. They settled eventually in one spot and, fortunately, a neighbour knew who they belonged to... so I rang, complained and they came around with their beekeeper stuff and took them away. The council won't touch them - just wasps.

purplepidjin Sun 03-Jul-11 20:13:51

Karma will give her an allergy to bee stings

Why did she not Think Of The Honey?!

BornSicky Sun 03-Jul-11 20:14:20

firstly... fucking stupid, ignorant, malicious bastards.

secondly, if you can face trying again, explain why it's completely unreasonable to kill bees.

thirdly, YADNBU. they are twunts.

sharbie Sun 03-Jul-11 20:15:00

they are protected aren't they??

LostMyIdentityAlongTheWay Sun 03-Jul-11 20:15:12

You give me her address, I will personally knock her ignorant teeth down her throat.
Stupid bitch, she is. You are NOT BU in the slightest.

Oh - and you can report her as well. I keep bees, am having the devil's bloody own job keeping all my hives going atm with shit winters, damp and varroa mite, and I would have gladly come along and taken the inconvenience away for her.

Stupid cunt. Really, she is. Please show her my response. (sorry, but this has riled me quite beyond belief!)

Greythorne Sun 03-Jul-11 20:16:02

Well, bees are vital to the ecosystem, pollination etc. But one in our garden is a PITA. i was stung by a beed today. If I found a nest in my garden, I would probably destroy it.

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 03-Jul-11 20:17:32

Four horses killed by swarm of bees. When bees are swarming, they can be very, very dangerous. It is NOT completely unreasonable for someone to panic when faced with them in large numbers. Neither would it be unreasonable to contact the National Beekeepers Association as they will remove unwanted swarms.

LauLauLemon Sun 03-Jul-11 20:18:48

YANBU. It's disgusting and definitely uncalled for. Are they protected? I'm not sure but I know they are very important.

<is ignorant about bees>

catgirl1976 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:18:51

OMG - That is terrible. How can she be so bloody ignorant / thoughtless ? nnnnghghghghhggh. Maybe if you can face her try slowly explaining why we need bees and what the problems are at the moment. Probably wont get you far as she soudsn spectacularly stupid

bubblesincoffee Sun 03-Jul-11 20:19:32

I wouldn't be horrified, I'd be amazed at the bravery!

I know that beekeepers round here would come and get and actually pay you for the privelidge.

JazzieJeff Sun 03-Jul-11 20:24:22

I know they are important... But what happens when you call the council to remove them? Do they put them in a safe location to protect them?

<has no idea about bees>

But yep, that does sounds a) incredibly stupid and dangerous and b) really rather cruel to me.

purplepidjin Sun 03-Jul-11 20:27:18

buy her a present

zukiecat Sun 03-Jul-11 20:41:01

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GoggleEyed Sun 03-Jul-11 20:41:01

Sooooo, can someone on here explain the importance of bees to teach us ignorants?

flipthefrog Sun 03-Jul-11 20:43:03

they are pretty harmless, we have a nest right next to the back door - they are in danger now sad

think it's really sad but people are generally ignorant unless interested in nature

BellaBearisWideAwake Sun 03-Jul-11 20:43:56

The number of bees is decliningly scaring rapidly. Without them we would lose a third of our calories. It's v v serious.

BornSicky Sun 03-Jul-11 20:44:00

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

Albert Einstein.

BellaBearisWideAwake Sun 03-Jul-11 20:44:20


HavePatience Sun 03-Jul-11 20:45:21

grin at purple

purplepidjin Sun 03-Jul-11 20:46:26

Bees transfer the boy bits of plants to the girl bits.

No more bees means flowers can't shag, which means we get no new flowers.

Or trees.

Or grass.

Which means lots of Carbon Dioxide, and no oxygen.

LostMyIdentityAlongTheWay Sun 03-Jul-11 20:48:08

Oh, grrrr. I'm still following this and I'm still really annoyed.

I'm still calling her a silly cunt.

And Bella I get the typo about scarily. It's the calories one that's gotten me flummoxed hmmgrin

CQrrrneee Sun 03-Jul-11 20:48:57

I think it's very cruel to do what she did.

AllieZ Sun 03-Jul-11 20:50:22

YABU. Bees are a menace in your garden and as for honey, well, if it was a swarm that just appeared in her garden, was she morally obliged to harvest the honey, too?! Let the ecosystem and honey be taken care of by people who keep bees.

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