Nail salon workers in Brooklyn squared off with two customers, using broomsticks, fists and dustpans to pummel the pair after one of them refused to pay for a “f–ked up” brow job, witnesses and cops said. This all happened at the the New Red Apple Chinese Nail Salon in Brooklyn.
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, Brooklyn, NY. It was filmed by another customer who was inside during the mayhem.
“So I’m at the nail salon and they f–ked up a lady eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke outttt,” explained Mercy Maduka in the video caption.
“Hitting them like animals,” she said, referring to the customers.
Cops wound up arresting a salon worker and one of the patrons Friday night after the incident, thoughit’s unclear which one.
Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession, according to police.
She was later released on her own recognizance following a hearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court, cops said.
Customer Christina Thomas was booked on misdemeanor assault and other charges. She was also released on her own recognizance,
The protesters chanted slogans including, “No nails, no toes, these racist shops have got to go!,” and at least one person screamed, “Where is ICE?,” in apparent reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The New Red Apple Chinese Nail Salon Ignites a Fire
It was an old-school flare-up along New York’s ethnic fault lines, eerily reminiscent of a corrosive 1990 conflict between an Asian-American grocer and African-American and Caribbean-American residents. And it was a new-school demonstration of the power of social media to turn a Friday night fight into a national spectacle. Oddly enough, the grocer was named Red Apple as well…
For some residents, the video had stirred familiar grievances. Stacy Ann Thomas, 35, who is black, said a reckoning was past due. “They just see dollar when they see you,” she said of the Asian-owned businesses in the neighborhood. “They don’t see a person. They don’t see you, me — they just see the money.”