Brooklyn nail salon brawl over eyebrow wax stirs racially-tinged protests
08 August, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Carlos George
Footage captures the workers as they crowd around a customer and smack her with a broom handle at New Red Apple Nails on Norstrand Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Surveillance video released by the Chinese American Nail Association shows the verbal argument escalating into a physical fight. She also expressed her anger that the salon staffers were "hitting [the women] like animals". Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession, while Christina Thomas was booked on misdemeanour assault and other charges. [If the] police say you pay for the pedicure, then you pay for the pedicure.
Police were eventually called to the scene, at which point they reportedly arrested one patron and one of the salon workers. Another woman can be seen on camera intervening and then a melee ensued.
Thomas was also charged with a misdemeanor assault.
Zhing was hospitalized with visible injuries to her face and body, and Thomas refused medical attention, according to police. But the salon contends that she also refused to pay for the pedicure. And protesters had picketed outside the nail salon, accusing the Asian-owned business of disrespecting residents of the predominantly black neighborhood.
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The protest happened after video was shared on Facebook Friday night showing a group of women in smocks surrounding a woman as a second woman whacks her with a broom.
A salon customer was arrested as well. Police escorted workers out of the establishment for their safety, the Post reports. Many of them rallied outside the shop Monday to protest the violence. "Anytime a store doesn't respect us, we're going to shut it down".
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement on Monday, saying, "This morning, a constituent sent me video of Friday's incident at Flatbush's New Red Apple Nails salon. We will come, we will picket it and we'll do whatever we have to close your store down". The protesters were holding signs that read "Black $$$ Matters" and were chanting "black dollars matter", the news station reports.
Similar comments appeared on a livestream of the protests taking place outside the salon.
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