A nail salon erupted in violence on Friday, with a grandmother and two other customers attacked with a broomstick, believed to be over an eyebrow wax gone wrong.
The Brooklyn nail salon that was shut down by protesters over the broomstick beating of a customer remained closed Tuesday morning as a makeshift tribute to the boycott was set up outside. The woman being hit is beaten on the back as she walks out of the salon.
Employee Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession and was released on her own recognizance after a hearing at Brooklyn Criminal Court. (If the) police say you pay for the pedicure, then you pay for the pedicure. Police arrested the customer and one worker after the brawl, according to the New York Post. Another woman can be seen on camera intervening and then a melee ensued.
Police told Pix11 that Zheng had been hospitalized and had injuries on her face and body. At least one protester screamed, "where is ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)?" implying that the salon's Asian employees might be undocumented immigrants. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported. The black women and the nail salon employees start pushing and shoving each other, causing the scene to devolve into chaos as one manicurist picks up a chair and begins swinging it. Police escorted workers out of the establishment for their safety, the Post reports.
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The Facebook and Yelp pages for New Red Apple Nail have been flooded with angry comments. One sign read "Black $$$ Matter".
Those who use public services might usually think they're right, but - in reality - it's far more likely that the person who spends every day working there has a better idea of what's correct or not.
"There is no respect for people in this neighborhood", Gavin Gibbs, a 49-year-old East Flatbush resident, said to the New York Daily News.
Similar comments appeared on a livestream of the protests taking place outside the salon.