Brooklyn nail salon workers beat customer over ‘botched’ eyebrow

Larry Hoffman
August 8, 2018

The fight was captured on cell phone and surveillance video.

Police arrested two women - a customer and a worker - on assault and other charges in connection with the scrap at the New Red Apple Nails on Nostrand Avenue near Martense Street Friday.

Zheng is charged with harassment, misdemeanor menacing and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon, police told Pix11, while Thomas is charged with harassment, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor menacing.

This is the shocking moment nail salon workers brawled with customers - hitting them with broomsticks, fists and dustpans - after one of them refused to pay for a "f***** up" eyebrow job, witnesses said. She brings it down onto the black woman's back, repeatedly, as the woman flees from the salon. Police have not confirmed those details.

Dozens of protestors gathered outside the salon Monday afternoon demanding the business be closed, and asking that locals take their business elsewhere. The protesters also held signs that read "BLACK $$$ MATTERS". Maduka, who originally posted the video, wrote on Facebook, "Share this cause the cops chose to arrest the black people but not the Chinese people who ganged up on them".

"They always treat us horribly", said another. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported.

"We need to shut them down every single day", Johnson said in a video posted to Facebook.

After one of the victims managed to escape, one of the broom-holders attacks another woman.

"You don't got no respect for this community, then you don't get no money in this community".

Police said the fight started after the disgruntled customer hit a nail technician.

Jo Khan wrote, "Completely unprofessional and in poor taste".

One woman explained to the Times that the racial tensions underlying the incident had motivated the local community to come out in force: "The black community has been pushed aside for generations, and it just seems as if the longer time goes on, the more people think we're simply going to go away", said Alexis Regnier, a 33-year-old health worker from Midwood.

"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.

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