BANFF, Alta. (NEWS 1130) — Video of a confrontation between a woman and a group of people is going viral, after she was apparently told to “go back to your own country”.
Victoria, who doesn’t want to give her last name because she is worried about potential repercussions, says she was in a line up at Banff National Park today when a man cut to the front.
She told the man what he did was rude because the line was long and families were waiting patiently.
Tensions rose when she saw him on a trail shortly after this confrontation.
“That’s when he goes ‘Go back to your own country.’ As soon as he said that I took out my phone and was like ‘Did you just tell me to go back to my own country?'”
Video posted to Twitter shows a man try to grab her phone, and Victoria being told “you’re pushing limits you don’t want to push”.
I was just assaulted by a man who first told me to go back to my own country, at Banff National park. Please share. @BanffNP I reported it to the proper authorities and I hope something happens. But I think it would be good if it goes viral. These people don’t get to win. pic.twitter.com/FRe9xnq2tV
— TheTravelTipster (@TravelTipsterGo) August 4, 2019
“It was so fast, he kind of came at me and he tried to grab my phone and pushed me. I just really grabbed onto my phone really hard and I just stood my ground,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do at first. I was just sitting there kind of in shock. Like, ‘Did that really happen?’ Then I realized that what he did was essentially assault.”
She says she was able to get to a park ranger, and says police are now investigating.
Victoria says she recorded the video and posted it to social media because she hopes it will help police identify and find the man.
“I was concerned this guy would get away with it,” she explains. “I just really hope they locate him because it’s not right what he did.”