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  • A Video of a Nail Salon Brawl Went Viral. Protesters Want the Shop Closed.

    Dozens of protesters called for the closing of a nail salon in Brooklyn on Monday in response to a video that showed a violent confrontation between employees and customers.

    The video, which was posted to Facebook on Friday and has been viewed nearly 750,000 times, shows an Asian employee at Happy Red Apple Nails in East Flatbush hitting two black customers with a broomstick and other workers shoving and grabbing customers.

    It is unclear how the brawl started, but police arrested two people on Friday. Huiyue Zheng, 32, an employee, was charged with felony assault, and three misdemeanor charges of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. Christina Thomas, a 21-year-old customer, was charged with three misdemeanors: assault, menacing and harassment, the police said.

    “What I’m here to do right now is to get justice for my 58-year-old mother, my 21-year-old daughter, that had acetone thrown on them and got beat with sticks like they are in the 1960s,” said Abby Moses, Ms. Thomas’s mother, outside the salon on Monday.

    Ms. Moses, 38, was not at the salon during the episode, but said her daughter approached the salon’s manager after she was displeased with an eyebrow treatment. Ms. Moses said her daughter’s eyebrows were nearly removed, and she told the owner she did not want to pay for the treatment.

    Though the salon opened on Monday morning, it was shuttered by the afternoon after detectives interviewed the workers. Michael Lin, the manager, declined to comment on the incident, but sent a surveillance video that shows a customer and an employee arguing before violence erupted.

    Shouting “black dollars matter,” protesters said their immediate goal was to see the salon permanently closed. Many also said they wanted to raise attention about what they said was the mistreatment of black people in the community, specifically tensions between the black and Asian communities.

    She added, “If we go into an establishment to get something done, and then we end up being assaulted, something certainly needs to happen to that establishment.”
    “The black community has been pushed aside for generations, and it just seems as if the longer time goes on, the more people think we’re simply going to go away,” said Alexis Regnier, a 33-year-old health worker from Midwood.

    Ms. Regnier also said she wants to see more investment in black-owned businesses in the neighborhood.
    Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson, a Democrat whose district includes the East Flatbush neighborhood, said she was proud of community members for responding to an “obvious transgression.”

    “As an elected official, I deal with several of the small businesses throughout the community and at no point in time would I ever support that kind of aggression against a customer for something that you know could be handled by dialing 9-1-1 and the business owner,” she said.

    However, Nora Colpas, who has been a customer at the salon for more than 10 years, said she was shocked to hear about the violence.
    “Mike is a nice person so I’m surprised,” she said, of the manager.

    Tionna Smalls, who starred on the VH1 reality TV show “What Chilli Wants,” said that after she saw the video, she notified her thousands of social media followers about the protest.

    “I don’t care what happened,” Ms. Smalls, 33, said. “In no way, shape or form are you supposed to throw acetone in someone’s face or hit them with sticks.”

    This article was originally published in forum thread: A Video of a Nail Salon Brawl Went Viral. Protesters Want the Shop Closed. started by EB88 News View original post
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    1. PimpMasterPro23's Avatar
      PimpMasterPro23 -
      For those who haven't read the article, it's essentially a Chinese nail salon that gets a lot of Black customers. In this case, the customers believed that the woman giving the wax messed up and didn't want to pay. Not sure who instigated the violence, but in the end, the customers play the race card and say that these Asians look down on black people and attack black women.
      IMO, it's a really shit situation. Race relations between Asians and Blacks in America are already rather fragile. This only further escalates it.
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      PimpMasterPro23 -
      I'm black and would like to chime in. I found out this nail salon is in a black neighborhood, so I don't believe these employees would straight up be disrespectful towards black people when they are the nail salon's primary clientele. I honestly believe this is just an issue of where two parties have too much pride to be the bigger person, and they just happened to be of different races.
      The manager could have dealt with being out of $5 and told the woman never to come back, or the woman could have paid the remaining $5 and never return to the nail salon. Now the customer and manager were arrested, the black community in the area is protesting the nail salon, and the nail salon's employees are being harassed literally over $5. These two individuals are ending up causing more problems for people who weren't even directly involved in the dispute over $5.
      Edit: I just watched the interview with the manicurist which makes me believe this whole thing was cause by a language barrier. I wish the police came sooner to mediate because obviously, neither party was understanding the other party's side.
    1. PimpMasterPro23's Avatar
      PimpMasterPro23 -
      it seems stupid because it’s $5 but actually this makes a lot of sense. It’s not about the money but the principle.
      On the business owners side, they’re in a tough part of town. It’s not about $5 — it’s about not paying. For sure business owners will not let that go because if you do, people will walk all over you. That’s true whether it’s a nail salon, a liquor store or any other kind of retail business in the hood.
      On the customers side, she has too much pride to pay for bad service.

      This has nothing to do with race but unfortunately that’s what it’s come down to.
      In my opinion, I’ve always paid for services even when I had a bad haircut and had to shave my head. You just take your business elsewhere from then on forward or you haggle for a discount.
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      PimpMasterPro23 -
      I've said it before in the other thread but seriously anyone defending the Asians in this case, one of em the acetone at true faces!! Trying to blind then. And at that point they were just standing there.

      So maybe shitty people do try to take advantage by trying to weasel their way out of paying. And maybe that's even what happened now. And yes one customer did give the first push. But seriously, at that point in the video one customer had left and the two of them were just standing there. Trying to blind someone is not appropriate. Not to mention that broomstick warrior also went after them after they had ceased fighting
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