Salon workers recorded hitting customer with broom after botched wax

Clay Curtis
August 7, 2018

Police later arrived on the scene to arrest two of the salon's employees.

"They viciously attacked the grandmother and the granddaughter, beat them with sticks as if they were animals and threw acetone on them", said community activist Anthony Beckford.

The brawl happened at New Red Apple Nail at 1426 Nostrand East Flatbush after a customer refused to pay either part of or all of her bill following an apparently botched eyebrow treatment.

Officers had gone to the salon to arrest a second employee, but that worker was not there at the time.

In the short clip captured by Maduka, one member of staff can be seen repeatedly hitting one of the customers with a broom handle while another patron is held back by two employees. According News12, Hiuyue Zheng is facing charges of assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. She was released as well. They left behind a shuttered salon and protesters hoping it stays that way.

The salon employees began to assault the three black women with broomstick, dustpans and their hands. "If you pay for a service and you don't like a service, it's a $5 eyebrow".

Cops on Friday arrested salon worker Huiyue Zheng, 32, and customer Christina Thomas, 21 on charges that included misdemeanor assault, harassment and menacing.

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"You couldn't pay me to come back here", said resident Crystal Harper. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported.

"I'm not trying to die on my bday or go to jail", she wrote.

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

Meanwhile, the Facebook page for New Red Apple Nail salon has been flooded with negative reviews and backlash over the incident.

The video now has more than 700,000 views with many on Facebook urged people to stop supporting the nail salon.

The Washington Post reports the incident has intensified racial tensions. One sign read "Black $$$ Matter".

"Until they open a soul food restaurant in Chinatown, we ain't eating over there", one woman tells the crowd. "Anytime a store doesn't respect us, we're going to shut it down".

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