Brooklyn nail salon workers beat customer over ‘botched’ eyebrow

The video was shared on Friday (Aug 3) by a woman named Mercy Maduka, who was at the New Red Apple Nails on East Flatbush's Nostrand Avenue when the attack happened around 9:30 pm EST.

Police attended the scene and arrested a salon worker along with one of the customers on Friday night - however it remains unclear as to which one.

The salon employees began to assault the three black women with broomstick, dustpans and their hands.

"So I'm at the nail salon and they f**ked up a lady's eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke out", wrote the person who captured the video on Facebook. Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession, while Christina Thomas was booked on misdemeanour assault and other charges. "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". The release of video of the incident at the Happy Red Apple Nail Salon led to protests outside the salon on Monday.

Since the fight, hundreds of negative reviews, often referencing the incident, have been left on the salon's Yelp page.

"So because she did not want to pay the $5 for her messed-up eyebrows, they attacked this grandmother and her two granddaughters with sticks, threw acetone on them and then called the police on them", activist Jasmine Johnson alleges. Police escorted workers out of the establishment for their safety, the Post reports.

"There is no respect for people in this neighborhood", said 49-year-old Gavin Gibbs, a neighborhood resident, the New York Daily News reported. "Black $$$ Matter", one homemade sign read.

At one point, an Asian man steps outside the salon and is booed.

According to the New York Post, one protester screamed, "Where is ICE?" in an apparent reference to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Demonstrators angrily chanted, "shut them down", "f-k the police" and "no nails, no toes, these racist shops have got to go".

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

  • Rogelio Becker