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Salon staff, customers brawl in Brooklyn nail salon after refusal to pay for eyebrow service


A Brooklyn nail salon employee was busted after being caught on camera hammering a customer with a stick in a wild viral Facebook video, police said Sunday.

Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession. She was freed on personal recognizance after a hearing Saturday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Also arrested was a customer, Christina Thomas — the woman Zheng is accused of striking — on misdemeanor assault and other charges.

Thomas is accused of punching, slapping and dragging a 35-year-old woman in the salon. She was also released on her own recognizance.

The viral video — which went up Friday and by Sunday night had more than 650,000 views — was shot at the New Red Apple Nails salon on Nostrand Ave. near Martense St. in East Flatbush.

It shows salon workers surrounding a woman. One of the workers then starts whacking at the woman with a blue broomstick.

As the woman flees the business, a second customer yells out: “What are you doing!” The woman with the stick hit that customer as well.

The woman who posted the video suggests racial bias played a role in the melee — the customers are all black, and the workers Asian.

“So I’m at the nail salon and they f**ked up a lady eyebrow and she refused to pay then a fight broke outttt,” wrote the Facebook user, Mercy Maduka.

“Share this cause the cops decided to arrest the black people but not the Chinese people who ganged up on them???? Hitting them like animals.”
Maduka did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

On Sunday, someone posted several signs on the salon’s metal shutter reading “Black $$$ matter,” “They beat black women here” and “Don’t spend here.”

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