Over 20 years ago I was hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains near San Jose California when I went through some tree litter (leaves and twigs droppings) on the ground. We trudged right through a bee nest in the thick litter. I was the third one back from the front so by the time I got to it the the bees were out and angry. Before I knew it I had 12 stings. I was not into beekeeping then and did not really think much about whether it was yellow jackets or wasps or honey bees. But I do remember removing stingers. I don't think these would have been AHBs, and they were not bumble bees. I think I just assumed they were honey bees, but maybe not.
On a different note, I got stung by a bumble bee for the first time the other day.
I was out irrigating the field and I must have disturbed it. But it was only one, So I would have thought if I disturbed the nest then more would have come out. It chased me off a number of times before I just decided to focus on a different part of the field. Oy Vey!