Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Protesters picket nail salon after viral video shows employees attacking Black customer

Viral Video Shows Brooklyn Nail Salon Workers Hitting Woman With A Broom Source Facebook
Charlie Simmons | 08 August, 2018, 13:22

According to the nail association, an employee told them Thomas refused to pay for any of the other services she received, telling CBS New York that the altercation could have easily been avoided.

People gathered outside the New Red Apple Nails in East Flatbush were angry that employees went after a woman who allegedly complained about an eyebrow service and refused to pay.

The woman can be heard screaming in the video: 'That's my grandmother, stop!

"So I'm at the nail salon and they ...[expletive] ... up a lady eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke outttt", she wrote, including the salon's address. "She went to the owner, she addressed the owner, she said, "Michael, look at my eyebrows.' And when he looked at her eyebrows, he said, 'I will fix them for you.' She's like, 'You can't fix them for me.' She was like, 'I'm not payin" for this".

Community members are calling for a Brooklyn nail salon to close its doors for good after a brawl there Friday was caught on video.

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.

Cellphone video of the incident circulated widely over the weekend before more video emerged showing another angle.

Several Asian women in smocks grab at a black woman, trying to get a grip on the straps of her tank top.

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And protesters had picketed outside the nail salon, accusing the Asian-owned business of disrespecting residents of the predominantly black neighbourhood.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office says the investigation is ongoing, and charges will be evaluated accordingly.

It's unclear when the salon will reopen and so far, no additional arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, the Facebook page for New Red Apple Nail salon has been flooded with negative reviews and backlash over the incident.

The fight triggered a protest with dozens of people on Monday, PIX11 reported.

"Anytime a store does not respect us, we're going to shut it down".

According to News12, the salon closed for the rest of the day.

Live-streamed footage showed stone-faced police officers standing guard as protesters chant, "No more!"

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