To bee or not to bee? That was the question for the staff at a small London bookstore yesterday after discovering a jar of bees left behind by a forgetful customer in a blue coat. In their search for the elusive "Bee Gent" they unwittingly set the hive mind on Twitter abuzz with bee-related puns.
"Please come back and reclaim your jar of bees," is not something most bookstore employees expect to have to write one day, but for the employees at the London Review Bookshop yesterday was that day.
After finding an abandoned jar of bees on a table in their poetry section the staff didn't have much to go on, only remembering the customer who left the jar as a "friendly gent" in a blue coat.
So they took to Twitter, and in hopes of tracking down the unknown beekeeper wrote perhaps the strangest tweet ever written.
if you were or are the friendly gent (blue coat) who was in the shop half an hour ago and left a big jar of bees on… https://t.co/FV8tVbfASf— LRB Bookshop (@LRB Bookshop)1552745096.0
Twitter was soon buzzing about the mysterious blue-coated stranger and the search for the Bee Gent was on.
@LRBbookshop We need to comb the area to #findthebeegent— Elizabeth Bower (@Elizabeth Bower)1552761945.0
@LRBbookshop @CharlesPPierce https://t.co/pGwRm5Kmru— Joseph X Fälschung (@Joseph X Fälschung)1552752276.0
@JFalschung @LRBbookshop @CharlesPPierce Bey Hive https://t.co/1ziiLi9KdB— Calla (@Calla)1552780443.0
@LRBbookshop @hannahrosewoods Please post follow ups. So many questions— KK Lena (@KK Lena)1552754433.0
@LRBbookshop https://t.co/nJO4p5qrl3— Slade (@Slade)1552752171.0
@gutterbookshop @LRBbookshop https://t.co/P8tuoPxHEl— Bubbles the Cat's Dune🐈 (@Bubbles the Cat's Dune🐈)1552769633.0
@LRBbookshop https://t.co/MKBi2txgb5— WaterstonesLiverpool (@WaterstonesLiverpool)1552764267.0
@LRBbookshop Might have been more poetic if the gent were wearing a yellow jacket.— Shannon Kirk (@Shannon Kirk)1552757139.0
It didn't taking long before Twitter was swarmed with all sorts of bee-related puns.
@LRBbookshop No doubt part of a sting operation.— Brett Faubert (@Brett Faubert)1552751212.0
@planetgravy @LRBbookshop Classic honeytrap— Alyson Hunt (@Alyson Hunt)1552754929.0
@LRBbookshop Idk man, to leave a jar of bees at a bookstore? Dude was probably pretty buzzed— So... I'm a nerd (@So... I'm a nerd)1552766001.0
@LRBbookshop I saw his face, now I’m a bee leaver— Nick Harrison (@Nick Harrison)1552758952.0
@LRBbookshop Nice to get some freebees once in a while though eh?— Steve Hey (@Steve Hey)1552750061.0
And eventually the literary setting inspired many to pen their own poetic odes to the jar of forsaken bees.
@LRBbookshop In London, the home of the Bard, Was orphaned a swarm of bees (jarred). Though often in bonnets, These… https://t.co/7uupLdRJYD— Liberal Limericks (@Liberal Limericks)1552768915.0
@LRBbookshop Because I could not buy a Book – I kindly left my bees – The Bookstore warned their Customers – Of stings and Allergies.— AbbieWeil (@AbbieWeil)1552763977.0
@LRBbookshop A big jar of bees left on the table in the poetry section by a friendly gent with a blue coat, distra… https://t.co/mUZw2leflV— Charles Lambert #FBPE (@Charles Lambert #FBPE)1552748384.0
So far the Bee Gent hasn't returned to the claim his lost jar, but something tells it won't bee long before he does.
@LRBbookshop @StephanieCarvin I’ll “bee” back, he said, as he walked out the door. https://t.co/sm6r5uUzDQ— Alexis (@Alexis)1552750118.0