Community Members Call For Brooklyn Nail Salon To Close Following Brawl
07 August, 2018, 19:42 | Author: Rachel Logan
Police say Thomas hit an employee, who then in turn struck the customer with a broom.
Video posted on Facebook shows a portion of the knock-down, drag-out brawl at New Red Apple Nails on Norstrand Avenue in East Flatbush. Witnesses claim a group of women reportedly comprised of four women paid for manicures and pedicures, but a botchedeyebrow job on woman lead to an argument.
A viral video showing a group of nail salon employees beating a customer with a broom has resulted in backlash for the Brooklyn business. They left behind a shuttered salon and protesters hoping it stays that way. The protesters were holding signs that read "Black $$$ Matters" and were chanting "black dollars matter", the news station reports. Things got physical when employees blocked the women from leaving the store while waiting for police to arrive.
The Facebook and Yelp pages for New Red Apple Nail have been flooded with angry comments.
'So I'm at the nail salon and they f***** up a lady eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke out, ' wrote Mercy Maduka. "They are violent. I saw these workers beat up a woman, well more like jumped her".
Police later charged Huiyue Zheng, 32 of Brooklyn, with assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harrassment. Customer Christina Thomas was charged with misdemeanor assault and also released on her own recognizance. The service is below standards and they lack respect for people of color.
One woman explained to the Times that the racial tensions underlying the incident had motivated the local community to come out in force: "The black community has been pushed aside for generations, and it just seems as if the longer time goes on, the more people think we're simply going to go away", said Alexis Regnier, a 33-year-old health worker from Midwood.
At one point, an Asian man steps outside the salon and is booed.
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