"So because she did not want to pay the $5 for her messed-up eyebrows, they attacked this grandmother and her two granddaughters with sticks, threw acetone on them and then called the police on them", activist Jasmine Johnson told PIX 11.
Video footage shows a salon employee using a broom to attack an upset customer. Nail salon worker Li Lin claims that Thomas punched and slapped her in the face, and dragged her on the floor, suffering several lacerations to the face and substantial neck pain.
Officers had gone to the salon to arrest a second employee, but that worker was not there at the time.
The brawl happened at New Red Apple Nail at 1426 Nostrand Ave.in East Flatbush after a customer refused to pay either part of or all of her bill following an apparently botched eyebrow treatment.
Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession. Cops say she was released following a hearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Video of the attack was posted to social media and prompted protests outside the salon on Monday. However, the customers said they already paid for the pedicures.
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Police said Zhing was taken to the hospital before being arrested because of visible injuries to her face and body, PIX 11 reports.
Thomas was arrested on misdemeanour assault and other charges and was also released without bail, Daily Mail quoted New York Post report. Thomas refused medical treatment, according to police. One woman offered a few more details in an Instagram video: "We're out here today because a grandmother came here with her two granddaughters to get their nails done".
The Facebook and Yelp pages for New Red Apple Nail have been flooded with angry comments. "He said "I'll fix it, ' she said 'you can't fix it".
The incident has inflamed racial tensions, and prompted calls for black residents to spend their money elsewhere.