Elika Gholizadeh and her friend were eating berries off a torn branch at a popular Metro Vancouver park on Sunday, when a woman scolded them for picking the fruits.
It is against park guidelines to disturb vegetation at Minnekhada Regional Park, but Gholizadeh said it was apparent they were approached because of how they looked.
"I did think at first it was about the branch, but when she said, 'You should go back to where you came from,' I realized it wasn't about the branch," Gholizadeh told CTV News.
In response, the friends called the woman a "colonizer" and asked where she came from.
Gholizadeh said if the woman wanted to inform them that picking the branch was against park guidelines, she could've said it in a kinder way.