AN ARGUMENT at a nail bar descended into violence and saw a woman get punched.
Mum-of-three Debbie Mawson, 26, (pictured), was punched in the face by another customer outside the nail studio after she left the salon to call the police.
Police are now investigating the incident at Thi’s Nail Studio, in Market Parade, Havant.
Mrs Mawson, a health care assistant at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, said she was having a manicure when suddenly all hell broke loose.
She said: ‘The woman next to me was saying “I am not moving out of my chair until you do my toenails. If you don’t do it, I will smash your face in”.
‘The man doing her nails said there was not enough space but he could fit her in if she was prepared to wait.
‘She went absolutely ballistic. Her mum then stood up and got right in the man’s face. She was being verbally abusive.
‘She picked up a whole pot of nail varnish and smashed it against the mirror. She said she was going to smash the nail bar up.’
Mrs Mawson said a light, tiles and chairs were thrown.
Mrs Mawson went outside and dialled 999. As she was giving a description to a police operator, a coke can was thrown at her by the mum, who was heavily pregnant.
‘She came outside and got right in my face,’ said Mrs Mawson.
Mrs Mawson, who gave birth earlier this month, said the woman threatened to bite her nose off.
‘Then she smacked me straight in the face,’ she said.
‘It was really hard. I did not want to retaliate.’
Mrs Mawson said the attacker joined a man across the road.
Mrs Mawson, still on the phone to the police, went over to try and get a better description of the woman, but the powerfully-built man stopped her and told the attacker to run.
She added: ‘I felt sorry for the staff because they are lovely.’
Shop owner Thanh Huyh, 28, agreed with Mrs Mawson’s version of events and added: ‘They were so rude and aggressive.’
The incident happened at about 3pm on Saturday. A police spokesman said: ‘A woman has reported an assault. Police are pursuing several leads to establish the complete circumstances.’
A female suspect was white, in her 40s, with long brown/ginger hair tied back, and wearing a white shirt, floral trousers and sandals.