via Las Cruces Police Department

Sometimes we are on autopilot and we miss certain things that are just there in front of our eyes. Don’t tell me you haven’t experienced the feeling of looking for your cell phone and it is right there in your hand… Or your glasses and you’re wearing them…

Well, these cases aren’t exceptional. Good thing though they aren’t dangerous either. They just make us feel dumb. But sometimes, our autopilot mode could get us into trouble, sometimes even risk our lives. How?

Well, this is the story of a man that went shopping and didn’t realize 15,000 bees were inside his car. He even started driving back home with all the buzzing noise in his back seat. Do you want to know how this story ends?

It was just an ordinary Sunday afternoon when a man -whose name wasn’t revealed -took a trip to a New Mexico’s grocery store to run some errands. After shopping, he took his bags outside and loaded them into the back seat of his car. He then got in and started to drive away. Nothing unusual so far, right?

Until he realized a huge amount of bees were hanging from one of his rear windows. At least they weren’t murder hornets, some people might say. But come on, it is still a shock to find thousands of these tiny but extremely dangerous unexpected visitors in your back seat.

According to officials from Las Cruces Fire Department, the man “had left his windows open while food shopping”. They came to the scene as soon as possible to discover a swarm of bees inside the vehicle. And they brought off-duty firefighter Jesse Johnson, who also is a beekeeper. Jesse used his experience as a beekeeper to safely relocate the swarm and protect people from the bees. “I’ll do anything to keep people from killing the bees”, he said. “Luckily, when bees are swarming, they’re pretty docile”, he continued.

Jesse used a hive kit, lemongrass oil, and gloves to relocate the bees to a more suitable location.

The fire department estimated that there were around 15,000 bees removed from the car. It was a two-hour effort, but it was fully worthy, since no one was injured, except for a security guard who was stung. Not even Jesse, who was responsible to place the bees in temporary hives.

Officials said that “the fire department does not “regularly” remove swarms of bees, but made an exception in this case due to the potential hazard in a high-traffic area.”

Why did the bees choose this man’s car remains still a mystery. Some say the bees were making a campsite before getting their new nest. But who knows…