Protest at Brooklyn Nail Salon After Fight

Protesters called for a nail salon to be shut down after a fight there on Friday.

They rallied at the New Red Apple Nails on Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush on Monday night.  A viral video shows salon workers using brooms to attack two African American customers who refused to pay for an eyebrow waxing that she didn't like. 

"They should pay," one man said.

A sign posted at the salon reads, "A Grandmother and her Granddaughter's were beaten with broom sticks and had acetone thrown in their face over a FIVE DOLLAR ($5) Dispute.  WE NEED JUSTICE NOW!"

"Hopefully the loss of business will help them to change their act," one woman told WOR's Alice Stockton-Rossini.

One of the workers and one of the customers were arrested for the fight.

"This would never happen in a white community.  This would never happen in Park Slope or in Manhattan where a business felt like they could beat the patrons just because they didn't pay," a woman said.

Protesters said the nail salon should be closed.  They rallied at the store at 1426 Nostrand Avenue and marched to another nail salon a few blocks away.

A sign posted at the salon encouraged people to show up at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to sign a petition calling for the business to be closed.

"As business owners, we hold a responsibility to our customers.  You don't beat them with sticks.  It just looks bad.  There's alternative ways in handling that situation and beating with a stick shouldn't be one of them," a woman said.

 

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