Dad tells about how he got rid of swarm of bees off his car - but did he do the right thing?

Mr Hines's car covered in a swarm of bees

Mr Hines's car covered in a swarm of bees

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LEON Hines got more than he expected when he went shopping at the Cowley Retail Park, coming out of the shops to find his car covered in bees. Now he’s been criticised for killing them.

As reported in yesterday’s Oxford Mail in just a couple of hours his Audi A5 convertible  became home to hundreds of swarming honey bees with passers-by taking photos of the insects.

Mr Hines, from Rose Hill, who works in the emergency services, said: “I just thought ‘oh my God, what is this?’. I noticed people taking pictures, but I didn’t see the bees at first because they were at the back.

“I was with my wife Aimee who’s eight months pregnant and my three-year-old daughter Aaliyah so I didn’t want them to get stung.”

The 31-year-old said: “I got in the driver’s side where there were less bees and drove really slowly when I was near pedestrians.

“I went to the bypass and drove really fast to try and get rid of them, but they stuck to the car. I ended up having to go through the Tesco car wash twice to kill them.”

Phil Sharman, the vice chairman of Oxfordshire Beekeeper’s Association, criticised Mr Hines’s solution, adding: “He will have drowned their Queen, which is the centre of their universe.

“Honey bees swarm when they’re trying to find a location to stay. Before they left their old nest they will have gorged themselves on honey so they will have been totally docile.”

He urged the public that if they find a swarm to contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626.

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8:49am Tue 10 Jun 14

tinsel84 says...

Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?! tinsel84
  • Score: 7

9:14am Tue 10 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

tinsel84 wrote:
Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626."

Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days...
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?![/p][/quote]"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626." Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days... EMBOX2
  • Score: 16

10:26am Tue 10 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

I would have expected a more cerebral response from a someone who works in the emergency services.

PS Oxford mail - which emergency service, police, fire, ambulance, AA?
I would have expected a more cerebral response from a someone who works in the emergency services. PS Oxford mail - which emergency service, police, fire, ambulance, AA? Quentin Walker
  • Score: -3

12:18pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Interestedinoxford says...

“I was with my wife Aimee who’s eight months pregnant and my three-year-old daughter Aaliyah so I didn’t want them to get stung.”

Using your family as an excuse for stupid behaviour....what a nice family man you are !
As somebody else has already asked, I also want to know which emergency service employs this man who has no common sense.
“I was with my wife Aimee who’s eight months pregnant and my three-year-old daughter Aaliyah so I didn’t want them to get stung.” Using your family as an excuse for stupid behaviour....what a nice family man you are ! As somebody else has already asked, I also want to know which emergency service employs this man who has no common sense. Interestedinoxford
  • Score: -19

1:03am Wed 11 Jun 14

onemorething says...

tinsel84 wrote:
Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
Take a taxi?
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?![/p][/quote]Take a taxi? onemorething
  • Score: -21

8:30am Wed 11 Jun 14

paddy173 says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
tinsel84 wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626." Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days...
Easy to say this from the comfort of your computer terminal. I dont like the idea of killing bees either but its happened and i am sure Mr Hines would do it differently now. Instead of taking photos/videos etc why did someone else not report it sooner (Before Mr Hines returned to his car).
We all know his name and in response to the people wanting to know who his employer is , dont hide behind a user name and supply your details on this forum before demanding info from other people.
Surprised Homer hasnt popped up as an eyewitness :-)
BTW I have saved Maureens number in my phone now
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?![/p][/quote]"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626." Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days...[/p][/quote]Easy to say this from the comfort of your computer terminal. I dont like the idea of killing bees either but its happened and i am sure Mr Hines would do it differently now. Instead of taking photos/videos etc why did someone else not report it sooner (Before Mr Hines returned to his car). We all know his name and in response to the people wanting to know who his employer is , dont hide behind a user name and supply your details on this forum before demanding info from other people. Surprised Homer hasnt popped up as an eyewitness :-) BTW I have saved Maureens number in my phone now paddy173
  • Score: 15

9:48am Wed 11 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

onemorething wrote:
tinsel84 wrote:
Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
Take a taxi?
Or make a beeline for the bus ;)
[quote][p][bold]onemorething[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?![/p][/quote]Take a taxi?[/p][/quote]Or make a beeline for the bus ;) Neonlights
  • Score: -3

10:16am Wed 11 Jun 14

Niko Bellic says...

This has got to BEE a joke... probably down to global Swarming
This has got to BEE a joke... probably down to global Swarming Niko Bellic
  • Score: 4

1:05pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

Niko Bellic wrote:
This has got to BEE a joke... probably down to global Swarming
Beehive yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Niko Bellic[/bold] wrote: This has got to BEE a joke... probably down to global Swarming[/p][/quote]Beehive yourself. Neonlights
  • Score: 6

11:46am Thu 12 Jun 14

snert says...

You can almost hear the pitchforks rattling and smell the torches being lit!

And he's hardly using his family as an excuse for stupid behaviour. I'd put my family ahead of a swarm of bees however docile they are.

And I've never heard of a swarm liaison officer either but that doesn't make me stupid. In fairness, when you're instant reaction is the safety of your family, however docile the threat as the threat is perceived, your first thought isn't "I'll google that", it's "I need to get my family away from this".

If you're first thought is to whip your phone out in the face of a perceived threat, then you're an idiot. Just because he didn't know the bees wre docile, doesn't make this man worthy of an online lynching. Get a grip.
You can almost hear the pitchforks rattling and smell the torches being lit! And he's hardly using his family as an excuse for stupid behaviour. I'd put my family ahead of a swarm of bees however docile they are. And I've never heard of a swarm liaison officer either but that doesn't make me stupid. In fairness, when you're instant reaction is the safety of your family, however docile the threat as the threat is perceived, your first thought isn't "I'll google that", it's "I need to get my family away from this". If you're first thought is to whip your phone out in the face of a perceived threat, then you're an idiot. Just because he didn't know the bees wre docile, doesn't make this man worthy of an online lynching. Get a grip. snert
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Interestedinoxford says...

paddy173 wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
tinsel84 wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?!
"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626." Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days...
Easy to say this from the comfort of your computer terminal. I dont like the idea of killing bees either but its happened and i am sure Mr Hines would do it differently now. Instead of taking photos/videos etc why did someone else not report it sooner (Before Mr Hines returned to his car).
We all know his name and in response to the people wanting to know who his employer is , dont hide behind a user name and supply your details on this forum before demanding info from other people.
Surprised Homer hasnt popped up as an eyewitness :-)
BTW I have saved Maureens number in my phone now
Interestedinoxford is Eamonn Young.
I'm retired.
[quote][p][bold]paddy173[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Now I don't like the idea of people killing bees, with them being so important to the ecosystem. But really, what else was this bloke supposed to do?![/p][/quote]"contact the association’s swarm liaison officer Maurice Leen on 01865 773626." Nothing a quick google on your smartphone wouldn't tell you. There's an association for everything these days...[/p][/quote]Easy to say this from the comfort of your computer terminal. I dont like the idea of killing bees either but its happened and i am sure Mr Hines would do it differently now. Instead of taking photos/videos etc why did someone else not report it sooner (Before Mr Hines returned to his car). We all know his name and in response to the people wanting to know who his employer is , dont hide behind a user name and supply your details on this forum before demanding info from other people. Surprised Homer hasnt popped up as an eyewitness :-) BTW I have saved Maureens number in my phone now[/p][/quote]Interestedinoxford is Eamonn Young. I'm retired. Interestedinoxford
  • Score: 2

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