Man Fined $2,000 For Not Watering His Beehive

While New York may be trying to raise revenue by cracking down on city beekeepers, this looks like one sting operation that got its stinger broken off in the wound: inspectors fined a Queens man $2,000 for “not watering his beehive.”

If that seems high, get this. There’s a watering dish two feet away from the hive. Not to mention that the man’s property sits near several ponds. Clearly, the bees have options if they want a drink.

“I felt sorry for the inspector. I thought we should probably buy him some glasses,” the man socked with the fine told CBS2.

After CBS2 called the city, the fine was changed to a warning after officials “thought it through.” When you get stung by bureaucracy, sometimes the power of the press is what it takes to soothe the wound.

Un-BEE-lievable: NYC Fines Man $2,000 For Not Watering His Hive [CBS2] (Thanks to Cicadymn!)