CALGARY (660NEWS) — A woman from Golden, British Columbia was surprised to find a sticky note that read “go home” planted on her driver side window after borrowing her mother-in-law’s Alberta-registered car to go grocery shopping.
“I was a little shocked that it happened because I didn’t think it was an issue in town,” Jessica Grey said.
Grey has been a resident in Golden for 15 years and was using her mother-in-law’s car because she was in the process of selling her B.C. licensed vehicle.
Not sure how to react, Grey decided to post the incident on Facebook which resulted in an overwhelming response.
“Lots of people [told me] worse things have happened like slashed tires, smashed in headlights, keyed cars,” Grey said.
“My biggest message is you want to treat others like you would want to be treated yourself, that is the golden rule and we can all agree on that. I want people to think before they do this because we are a tourism destination and when the restrictions are lifted, we don’t want to be remembered like this.”
Many mountain towns have urged non-residents to avoid venturing into their area as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
B.C. RCMP say they continue to monitor any COVID-19 related incidents and haven’t received any complaints from communities situated close to the provincial border, but there have been two reports in other communities.
Police said in a release a man in Columbia Valley spat towards a vehicle reportedly displaying an Alberta plate back in April.
On May 18, RCMP was called to a verbal argument in Trail after a man questioned a woman’s presence in B.C. after seeing she had an Alberta licence plate.
“The male was worried about the possible COVID transmission from Alberta. The female had been living in BC and had not yet changed over to BC licence plates. The parties cooperated with the RCMP and left without further incident,” the release said.
“The B.C RCMP are mindful that many British Columbians and Albertans alike reside in one province and commute to the neighbouring province for essential work. The public should respect that they may not have all the information regarding someone’s personal circumstances or purpose for being outside of their home province.”