Brooklyn nail salon brawl over botched eyebrow wax sparks protests, racism accusations

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Police attended the scene and arrested a salon worker along with one of the customers on Friday night - however it remains unclear as to which one.

"Hitting them like animals", she said.

Video posted on Facebook shows a portion of the knock-down, drag-out brawl at New Red Apple Nails on Norstrand Avenue in East Flatbush.

Everyone is still trying to sort out what was happening inside a Brooklyn nail salon where a pretty wild melee took place with broomsticks flying during a beat-down after a customer allegedly refused to pay for a botched eye brow job, the NY Post reports. Another woman can be seen held back by a male employee. 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.

The Post adds that some demonstrators chanted, "shut them down", "f-k the police" and "no nails, no toes, these racist shops have got to go". The workers take broomsticks and pummel the women.

A spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney's office says they are in the process of examining all of the evidence, including videos that were not available at the time of the arraignments. But the salon contends that she also refused to pay for the pedicure.

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Thomas was also arrested and charged with assault, menacing, and harassment.

Cops on Friday arrested salon worker Huiyue Zheng, 32, and customer Christina Thomas, 21 on charges that included misdemeanor assault, harassment and menacing. "He said 'I'll fix it, ' she said, 'you can't fix it'".

The video now has more than 700,000 views with many on Facebook urged people to stop supporting the nail salon. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported.

It was filmed by another customer who was inside during the mayhem.

The incident has inflamed racial tensions, and prompted calls for black residents to spend their money elsewhere. "Black $$$ Matter", one homemade sign read.

"There is no respect for people in this neighborhood", Gavin Gibbs, a 49-year-old East Flatbush resident, said to the New York Daily News.