Video captures Brooklyn nail salon brawl, prompting calls for business to close

Mercy Maduka  Facebook

Mercy Maduka Facebook

A harrowing video showing a group of nail salon employees attacking a black family in Brooklyn, New York has gone viral with many calling for the establishment to be shut down.

According to witnesses and cops, the nail salon workers used broomsticks, fists, and dustpans on the customers before a civilian intervened.

Two women were arrested after a brawl broke out at a nail salon in Brooklyn. After the group refused the $5 fee for the service, employees blocked the entrance and held down one of the women.

Witness Mercy Maduka, who posted a widely-shared video of the incident on Facebook, said the fight was sparked by a bad eyebrow job: "So I'm at the nail salon and they fucked up a lady eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke outttt", she wrote, saying the employees hit the customers "like animals".

"Share this cause the cops made a decision to arrest the black people but not the Chinese people who ganged up on them", Mercy Maduka stated on Facebook.

Police later charged Huiyue Zheng, 32 of Brooklyn, with assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harrassment. And protesters had picketed outside the nail salon, accusing the Asian-owned business of disrespecting residents of the predominantly black neighborhood.

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Person asks: What did you do today?Me: my partI started as a one woman show.

The video shows what happened next, with several women attacking one customer with chairs and brooms. However, the customers said they already paid for the pedicures.

Christina Thomas, 21, of Brooklyn was charged with assault, menacing and harrassment. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported.

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

Police had to escort the salon owners out of the business today as furious community members shouted around them. Protesters also reportedly marched to another nail salon with a similar name, Beautiful Red Apple Nails at 1224 Nostrand Avenue.

"I'm expecting justice, but most of all I'm expecting black people to learn that when these business don't respect you, you don't spend your money with them", one protester, Tionna Smalls, told ABC7 NY.

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