Warning: Bee’s, Bee’s Keep Away

I was kicking around Goar Park before yesterday’s University Park City Council meeting, when I spotted the scene to the left.

In addition to the sidewalk scrawl, the sign on the trash can reads ” BEES BEES KEEP AWAY.”

A few thoughts:

1. Judging by the grammar on the sidewalk and the sign, were these two warnings posted by different people?

2. If so, which came first?

3. If they were separate people, why didn’t the first person go and tell a parks employee to fix this?

4. Maybe I’m being a jerk though, and there was only ONE bee to begin with. Then the sidewalk warning makes sense.

5. This isn’t a lava pit. “Don’t Enter” may be too harsh of a warning.

6. Anyone in the park today? Is this still an issue?

6 thoughts on “Warning: Bee’s, Bee’s Keep Away

  • May 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The sidewalk text came first. It’s clearly intended to direct folks toward some sort of itinerant spelling bee (or, somewhat less likely, quilting bee). The command against entering the bee represents either an honest evaluation that the level of competition is so high that the average passerby stands no decent chance of success, or mere trash-talk intimidation designed to dissuade challengers.

    Later on (after the bee?) someone obviously found a can full of bees. Misreading the original sidewalk text, this panicked but civic-minded soul thought the bees were supposed to be placed on the spot indicated by the arrow for handling by local apian authorities.

  • May 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Z- I’m nominating this for our just-established “Comment of the Year” award.

  • May 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The Park Department replaces trash can liners every other day during much of the year. During peak periods the liners are replaced daily. Concerning the painted message whether it was refering to the flying kind or Akeelah’s kind … next time the City would appreciate the use of washable paint or chalk.

  • May 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Bees, the flying kind, are a common problem around the trash cans at UP parks. They are usually attracted to sugary drinks, like gatorade and soda, that people throw in the trash after kid’s soccer or baseball games. I have a couple of other questions:
    1. Why is the trash can in the middle of the sidewalk?
    2. Does the City of UP require employees to take a grammar test?

  • May 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Maybe “Bee’s” is in reference to a crazy relative. “Aunt Bee’s ahead. Don’t enter.”

  • May 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is extremely helpful. I am deathly allergic to bee stings, and now that two people have posted signs telling the bees “DON’T ENTER” and “BEES BEES STAY KEEP AWAY” I now know that the Goar Park trash can is the safest place in the city. I am about to leash up the dog, pick up a couple of magazines and head over to the park to hang out in the bee-free zone. I’ll let you know how it goes!


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