Pretty crazy story for my first package bee install...
I ordered a package of bees last month for shipment on 5/14. The shipper would not insure it because of the distance but I went ahead and took the chance. To my surprise, I got a voicemail from the post office on the 16th that my bees arrived and I needed to come pick them up. I was thinking they would just deliver them to my house but I was excited so I had no problem going to pick them up...it is about a 20m drive.
When I arrived at the post office I went inside expecting to just grab my package and head home...they tell me I have to come around back because the package is damaged and the bees are getting out. I went around back and didn't think it was going to be that bad because I know most people aren't real fond of bees...when I get near the loading dock there are 100s of bees flying around...the post office workers wouldn't go near it. I didn't have any protective gear at all and I decided I would just check it out anyway...it was either that or drive another hour so that I could have protective gear.
Once I got close enough, the problem was apparent, it wasn't damage at all, the shipper used a piece of wood with a huge knot on it (hence a huge hole) so bees were coming and going freely. I had some duct tape in the car so I made another judgement call to just try to tape it instead of driving for an hour, the post office guys seemed to want it taken care of right away. I carefully pushed bees away and taped up the hole. I put them in the car and drove home. There were about 10 bees that were flying around in the car but they stayed in the back so the trip wasn't too bad.
At any rate, just thought I would share the story, I found it hard to believe someone would ship a package like that...see attached picture.