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'Speak English! This is America!'
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/28/2006 @ 10:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
A Boston beauty salon was more bloody than beautiful this weekend when a brawl broke out over a customer speaking Spanish.
“Speak English! This is America!” one woman reportedly screamed at another at Kathy’s Nail Design in the Dorchester section of the city.
The remark ignited a massive melee at the salon, with numerous women engaging in manicure-to-manicure combat.
“Ten years in this country, I never seen anything like this. The lady says ‘Speak English, I don’t want to hear Spanish!’ and big fight happens,” shop owner David Win told the Boston Herald. “There was blood in here and everything. There were a lot of customers in here. It [was] crazy.”
Friday’s incident prompted a call to 9-1-1, and an officer dispatched to break up the battle received scratches on his neck and arm.
Police say it began as one of the suspects, Sonia Pina, 20, was speaking Spanish to her cousin when another woman, Nakeisha Prichard, 20, went on the attack. Within minutes, at least four women were engaged in the salon scuffle.
“The two suspects began to argue and a fight ensued,” said police spokeswoman Sharon Dottin.
Prichard allegedly pulled off her pump and began beating Pina with it, explaining to police, “I accidentally took my shoe off and hit her with it after she punched me.”
She ended up with charges of assault and battery, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer, inflicted by her newly manicured fake acrylic nails.
Pina was charged with assault and battery for allegedly punching Prichard in the face.
Later in the evening, the salon was packed with people conversing in several languages, including Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
“A lot of people are angry with us, but they are just stressed out with their own lives and taking it out on the immigrant people,” Carmen Riveira, 28, a native of the Dominican Republic now living in Dorchester, told the Herald. “I pay my money to get my nails done. I can speak any language I want in here.”
Another customer, Kristine DaRosa, 18, of Dorchester, said her family would be directly affected by the immigration-reform bill currently before Congress. One of her uncles is being deported to their native Cape Verde.
“All kinds of fights are going on because of this,” said DaRosa. “People should just give everybody a chance.”
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