Reading the article it looks like the beekeeper was a moron.
If robbing starts when taking honey the bees get super aggressive and nobody is safe. In this case the beekeeper has 72 hives right next to a public path, and he is pulling honey and probably got robbing going on while people are walking past.
In addition there had been other attacks on people recorded in the last few weeks and even the town mayor had been stung.
If a person really wants to get bees and beekeepers a bad name, what this guy did is how it is done.
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