Image: Specialist gathers swarm inside box
AP
A bee specialist wearing protective gear collects a swarm of bees into a box outside a computer game store in New York on Saturday.
updated 5/23/2009 10:54:19 PM ET 2009-05-24T02:54:19

Thousands of bees have swarmed outside a New York City game store, trapping employees inside for hours.

Worried employees looked out the window of the Manhattan store while talking on the phone as the bees clustered Saturday afternoon. A sign in the window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation."

Most passers-by avoided the GameStop store near Union Square, one of the city's busiest shopping areas. But Edward Albers tried to help. Dressed in regular clothes, he lured many bees into a box without getting stung.

Eventually, bee specialist Tony Planakis arrived in protective gear and used the scent of a queen bee to collect the rest of them.

The store reopened for business. The bees were being taken to hives upstate.

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