Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brooklyn Nail Salon Workers Attack Woman With Broom

Brooklyn Nail Salon Workers Attack Woman With Broom

Protests intensified at the Brooklyn nail salon where a worker and a customer were arrested and charged for their involvement in a violent altercation over a $5 botched eyebrow job.

"Hitting them like animals", she said, referring to the customers.

The video shows a portion of the brawl at New Red Apple Nails on Norstrand Ave, in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. She brings it down onto the black woman's back, repeatedly, as the woman flees from the salon. Police say Huiyue Zheng, 32, was arrested on charges of criminal assault while possession a weapon, assault causing injury, menacing and harassment. The first woman, who was able to escape, is her friend, and a third woman also being threatened with the broom was the unsatisfied customer's grandmother. They left behind a shuttered salon and protesters hoping it stays that way.

You can see two angles of the fight in the video below-one from the store's surveillance camera, and one taken by a bystander in the store at the time. The video has so far been viewed more than 720,000 times. Thomas says that when she refused to pay for the eyebrow job that she thought was done poorly, an argument ensued and escalated.

"You couldn't pay me to come back here", said resident Crystal Harper.

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Thomas was also arrested and charged with assault, menacing, and harassment. Thomas refused medical treatment, according to police. "He said 'I'll fix it, ' she said, 'you can't fix it'".

Police said Thomas hit an employee, who then in turn struck the customer with a broom.

The incident happened last week at New Red Apple Nails on Nostrand Avenue near Martense Street.

Calls to close a Brooklyn nail salon are growing louder Monday, days after video was shared online apparently capturing employees attacking patrons with brooms, dust pans and, allegedly, acetone.

The Washington Post reports the incident has intensified racial tensions. The protesters were holding signs that read "Black $$$ Matters" and were chanting "black dollars matter", the news station reports. "Anytime a store doesn't respect us, we're going to shut it down".

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