Neighbors are protesting an East Flatbush nail salon after police arrested a worker and a customer accused of brawling there. The customer said she paid something, but the store's owner said she refused to pay any of the money she owed.
In a video posted to Facebook, Mercy Maduka explained that she was paying a visit to the NY salon when a huge fight broke out over a so-called botched eyebrow. In it, the nail salon workers get into a fight with two customers.
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 to Pix 11, Zhing faces charges of misdemeanor menacing, misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, while Thomas faces charges of misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor 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. Protesters said they hope the salon will be shut down. The black women and the nail salon employees start pushing and shoving each other, causing the scene to devolve into chaos as one manicurist picks up a chair and begins swinging it.
"You couldn't pay me to come back here", said resident Crystal Harper. Christina Moses, 21, was also arrested on charges of assault causing physical injury, menacing and harassment.
The video now has more than 700,000 views with many on Facebook urged people to stop supporting the nail salon. Prosecutors are now reviewing additional evidence and may later alter those charges, the station reported.
The video was posted on Facebook by another buyer who was inside the shop during the mayhem.
Meanwhile, the Facebook page for New Red Apple Nail salon has been flooded with negative reviews and backlash over the incident.
The Washington Post reports the incident has intensified racial tensions. "Black $$$ Matter", one homemade sign read.
"There is no respect for people in this neighborhood", said 49-year-old Gavin Gibbs, a neighborhood resident, the New York Daily News reported.