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— Joe Fälschung (@Joe 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— Rockin' Bubbles Rialto Takes Meowhattan 🐈 (@Rockin' Bubbles Rialto Takes Meowhattan 🐈)1552769633.0
@LRBbookshop https://t.co/MKBi2txgb5— Waterstones Liverpool (@Waterstones Liverpool)1552764267.0
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— Dr Alyson Hunt (@Dr Alyson Hunt)1552754929.0
@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 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 (@Charles Lambert)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
The bees have it! No, they really do. They are an integral part of the survival of the planet. Not enough people seem to be aware of this fact. I know we spend most of our summer days worried about being stung, which makes them villains, but they are villains with a purpose. Science is on their side.
Redditpr u/TheRealOcsiban wanted everyone to to put their head together and discuss how.... What can a normal person do to help save the bees?