EAST FLATBUSH – At two rallies on Monday, members of the community demanded that the New Red Apple Nails salon be shut down after a brawl between customers and staff at the shop.
On Friday, August 3 at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 911 call was made about an assault inside a nail salon at 1426 Nostrand Ave, just north of Church Avenue.
According to a release from NYS Assembly candidate Anthony Beckford, a woman allegedly paid for everything except $5 because the employee “messed up the eyebrows.”
Video footage posted by News Today shows a salon employee beating the woman with the broomstick as the woman fights back:
According to the NYPD, it was a cross-complaint assault which means both parties to the accusations were charged with assaulting each other.
Cops arrested two women: Huiyue Zheng, a 32-year-old staff member at the salon, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment. Christina Thomas, a 21-year-old customer, was charged with assault, menacing, and harassment.
After the video went viral on Facebook, some have called for the nail salon to be shut down.
Protestors at the rallies cited racism and are refusing to go back to the nail salon. They are also demanding that charges be filed against the other employees who were involved in the assault.
Employees from New Red Apple Nail Salon in Flatbush, BK shoved and beat Christina Thomas & her family. We demand justice for Christina, and a call for Black folx to divest from anti-Black establishments. pic.twitter.com/RFrMq3xmWk
— BYP100 (@BYP_100) August 7, 2018
The rallies on Monday, August 6, at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. were met with a strong police presence. The nail salon has not closed.
Borough President Eric Adams tweeted about the incident and called it “deeply disturbing and unacceptable.”
Beckford had this to say: “For far too long has our community been victims of violence, racism, and bigotry. These businesses love our hard earned money but treat us worse than animals.”
“We are hurting, We are tired. We will not stop until we have justice for the family and the business shuts down for good.”