Thomas says that when she refused to pay for the eyebrow job that she thought was done poorly, an argument ensued and escalated.
They then turn to another shopper who is helping her granddaughter escape the clutches of the staff members and start beating her in the back.
During the ensuing fist-fight, the woman now clutching the broom handle is knocked to the ground, but does not let go of her grip.
Activist Jasmine Johnson, who posted video and photos of the protest to Facebook, said one of the employees threw acetone, which is used in nail polish remover, at the women. Lin said he still wanted Moses and her grandmother to pay for those, but they said they already had.
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Employee Huiyue Zhing faces charges of misdemeanor menacing, misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. Thomas is also facing charges for menacing, assault and harassment, which protesters hope will be dropped.
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.
One woman explained to the Times that the racial tensions underlying the incident had motivated the local community to come out in force: "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.
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It's unclear when the salon will reopen and so far, no additional arrests have been made.
About 150 predominantly African-American demonstrators marched from New Red Apple Nails at 1426 Nostrand Ave. - scene of the melee caught on tape Friday - to the Beautiful Red Apple Nails at 1224 Nostrand Ave. and trapped four employees inside.
The NY Post estimates around 150 people showed up to protest the nail salon on Monday, many holding signs reading "Black $$$ matter", "They beat black women here", and "Don't spend here".
The fight triggered a protest with dozens of people on Monday, PIX11 reported. The salon closed for the remainder of the day. "Shut them down, and they need to be arrested for gang assault".
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