Nail Polish Triggers Brawl Between Manicurist and Customer at Salon in Lancaster

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Authorities were investigating a recent fist fight that allegedly began when the owner of a Lancaster salon refused to paint the nails of a customer's 1-year-old child due to the girl's age.

Surveillance footage showed a fight between a salon owner and a customer over nail polish.
Surveillance footage showed a fight between a salon owner and a customer over nail polish.

Multiple surveillance and cellphone videos captured the two women exchanging punches during the incident, which occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 26 in the 1800 block of West Avenue I, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Salon owner Kathy Nguyen claimed things started to get heated right after she refused the female customer's request. She told KTLA that 30-year-old Tawana Davis then grabbed two bottles of nail polish off the shelf and started painting the toddler's nails herself, which is against the store's policy.

Nguyen accused Davis of getting physical with her when she tried to take back the polish.

"She punched me," Nguyen said.

But Davis gave a different story, telling KTLA that she had brought her own polish to the salon that day. According to Davis, she was carrying her little girl in her arms when Nguyen hit her.

"When she hit me with my daughter in my hand, I felt like as long as she was still standing, me and my daughter were in danger," Davis said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the salon after the owner pushed a silent panic button and called 911.  The call came in to authorities as a report of a robbery, according to Detective Mark Donnel.

Davis, a resident of Lancaster, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and later released from jail after posting $50,000 bail, Donnel said.

"The potential for danger for the 1-year-old is also there. ... If the child had fallen or been struck accidentally, that is definitely a concern of ours," sheriff's Deputy Miguel Ruiz said.

Nguyen sustained some injuries, including an injury to the side of her eye and having some of her hair pulled out, according to Donnel. She received medical treatment from her own doctor following the incident.

Investigators said they would send the case to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office for review.

Davis, who claimed her toddler was traumatized by the incident, told KTLA she was planning to file a lawsuit over the incident and wanted the charges against her dropped.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.

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