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Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

[If the] police say you pay for the pedicure, then you pay for the pedicure.

A Brooklyn nail salon owner treated a black customer like an "animal" by pounding her with a broomstick after she refused to pay for her services.

In the clip, a woman in a black top is being pushed around by the Asian staff of the salon.

Dozens of protestors gathered outside the salon Monday afternoon demanding the business be closed, and asking that locals take their business elsewhere.

"I'm not trying to die on my bday or go to jail", she wrote. Nail salon worker Li Lin claims that Thomas punched and slapped her in the face, and dragged her on the floor, causing lacerations to the face and substantial neck pain. She was released on her own recognizance after a hearing at Brooklyn Criminal Court, according to the Post. It's hard to tell who instigated the violence, but it appears to be the workers at the nail salon who are dealing the most force.

Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession, according to police.

The video shows salon employees striking one woman with a broomstick until she's able to flee out the front door.

Video footage shows a salon employee using a broom to attack an upset customer.

Thomas was also charged with a misdemeanor assault. Thomas refused medical treatment, according to police.

It's unclear when the salon will reopen and so far, no additional arrests have been made.

Sandwiched in between a West Indian grocery store and a sneaker store, New Red Apple Nails is located on the edge of East Flatbush, a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn. Police escorted workers out of the establishment for their safety, the Post reports.

"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. The service is below standards and they lack respect for people of color. One sign read "Black $$$ Matter". "We will come, we will picket it and we'll do whatever we have to close your store down".

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

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