Brooklyn nail salon workers beat customer over ‘botched’ eyebrow

Marsha Scott
August 8, 2018

Residents have since called for the nail salon to close.

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. The workers take broomsticks and pummel the women.

A family member of the victim says the situation was blown out of proportion, but community activists say it's nothing new. However, the customers said they already paid for the pedicures. If the police say you can go, you pay nothing. "$5 is not even lunch".

"She had practically all her eyebrows gone", her mother said. "I stopped coming here altogether, but as soon as I heard all the injustices that had happened, I felt like it was my responsibility to come and show support".

Huiyue Zheng faces charges of assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, according to court documents.

Customer Christina Thomas was arrested on misdemeanor assault and other charges and was also released without bail, report the New York Post.

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The nail salon closed early Monday due to the protests. But police were ready for protesters and were inside the business when they arrived at about 6:30 p.m.

Fellow customer Mercy Maduka, who was not involved in the fight, captured the brawl on video.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office says prosecutors are examining more evidence and may alter the charges.

Sandwiched in between a West Indian grocery store and a sneaker store, New Red Apple Nails is located on the edge of East Flatbush, a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn. The service is below standards and they lack respect for people of color. "If we go into an establishment to get something done, and then we end up being assaulted, something certainly needs to happen to that establishment". The protesters were holding signs that read "Black $$$ Matters" and were chanting "black dollars matter", the news station reports. "Every one of these stores don't like black people", he says. Police officers guide him back inside. In the official complaint reported by The New York Post, the employees claimed the customer slapped and dragged an employee across the floor.

"Imigration needs 2 b called that's it", a woman named Erica Moss wrote.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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