Daisy salon owner Erika is facing a barrage of accusations of vandalism and other misdeeds after she was forced to close her business after an alleged racist attack.
Her sister, Daisy’s Beauty Salon, was forced into liquidation after being hit with an alleged hate crime complaint.
Erika’s Beauty salon, a popular salon in Melbourne’s CBD, was also attacked in July after being targeted by a white man who claimed to have been a “nigger”.
But in a letter to the owners, Erika, who works as a legal adviser for a company, claims the attacks on her salon and her sister’s business have been racially motivated.
“I would like to make it very clear that this incident does not represent the values of Daisy Salon or any of the employees of Daisy’s,” Erika wrote.
“The attack on Daisy’s salon and the attack on the Daisy Salon’s staff was not motivated by race.
In fact, the attack against Daisy Salon was directed against the Daisy Beauty Salon.”‘
A lot of people are really upset’ The attacks on the two businesses were carried out by a man who reportedly shouted racist slurs and referred to one of the owners as a “c***”.
“The people of Melbourne are really angry about the attacks that were done on the salon and on the staff,” said Maria Tompkins, who owns Daisy’s.
“There are a lot of angry people in Melbourne, especially women, and they’re really upset about it.”
“I think a lot people are very upset about the attack that was carried out on Daisy Salon.
It’s very disappointing, very upsetting, and very shocking.”
Erika Tompkin says Daisy Salon has been targeted by the ‘nigger hate crime’ report in which her sister was forced out of business and that she is “devastated” and “distraught” over the incident.
“It’s not just about the two women,” Ericka said.
“People were really upset when Daisy Salon closed because people would come to see it and they would say it’s a place of refuge. “
“But people were also very upset because of the way people were being targeted. “
“A lot, many people are actually really upset because there was no way they could be protected.” “
Ericka Tompkson said she is not aware of any of her sister or her staff being targeted, but her sister did not want to discuss the attack for fear of retribution. “
A lot, many people are actually really upset because there was no way they could be protected.”
Ericka Tompkson said she is not aware of any of her sister or her staff being targeted, but her sister did not want to discuss the attack for fear of retribution.
“She was very upset at the attacks, she was so upset that people would attack her sister and her family, her salon,” she said.
“[She said] if it happened again, she wouldn’t be able to go back into the business.”
“She would be so scared, she would be crying, she couldn’t take it anymore.”
‘We’re just a business, a family’ The Tompkins, who live in Victoria’s south, said they are not planning to reopen Daisy Salon but have opened a new salon called Daisy Beauty that will be a “safe space” for staff.
Ericka is not worried about the harassment and has promised that the salon will “stay open”.
Erika said she was able to reopen the business because she was offered an extension of her lease, but she said it was “really difficult” to keep the salon open for business because of “all the negative publicity”.
“We are not expecting any problems, we’re just running our business and doing what we do,” she told Al Jazeera.
“We have been working hard for the last couple of years and it’s really tough.”
Daisy Beauty salon owner Maria Tommins said the owner has been offered an “extension of her licence” to continue to operate.
Errika Tompkus said she has “been very lucky” to have survived the “terrible” attack on her sister, but the “hate crime” report is “a terrible thing”.
“It just doesn’t reflect who we are as a family,” she added.
“Everyone here is really, really hurt.”