For a Manhattan nail salon owner, it was business as usual on a Wednesday night — until an armed robber came in to her shop.
Xuehua Sheng, who owns Peony Nails Spa at 542 LaGuardia Place near Washington Square Park, said a man in a plaid shirt and a cap came inside her store, while she was entertaining customers.
Sheng asked him if he needed any help and in reply, the man said: “Don't talk, I have a gun, give me your money.”
Understandably, Sheng was stunned and tried to get a look at what type of weapon he was hiding in his pants, but her chief concern were two small kids who were playing close by.
“I just watched him and I say I don't give you nothing,” she said. When Sheng refused to cater to him, the man reached for his gun, but she was not having any of it. Acting on instinct , she pushed the man and shoved his gun forcefully down his pants before he had a chance to withdraw it. She then pushed him out of her shop, and fortunately, the man decided not to make a fuss.
As the man quickly walked away, Sheng went back to her shop and called the police.
"Were you scared at any point?" ABC News asked Sheng. "No, I wasn't scared," she said with a laugh saying she did what she had to, to protect her customers.
Sheng’s 10-year-old daughter, who was at the back of the shop at the time of the robbery said she was very proud of her mom.
“I heard screaming. I just was thinking someone had forgot to pay or something, I shook it off,” said Jasmine Chen.
“She should have done it but at the same time, it was dangerous,” she said.
The act was incredibly heroic for the woman: she stands only 5’4 inches and weighs 120 pounds while the would-be robber was almost 6 feet tall and towered above her.
The police said the description matches a man who is wanted for robberies at other nail salons across the city as well.
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