The terrorists have won in Queens — where the owner of a salon dubbed “Isis Nails” was forced to change the name after it drew harassment from people who thought the shop was connected to the infamous Islamic State terror group.
Charlene Tse says she finally caved last week and decided to rename her business “Bess Nails and Spa” after she received relentless phone calls and visits from folks who thought her salon in Forest Hills was a cover for waging jihad.
“Before we changed the name, we had a lot of people taking pics and coming to harass me,” she told The Post. “They said, ‘You have no shame! Don’t you know what happened, they cut off people’s heads!’”
On numerous occasions, one guy in particular would even prank-call and ask, “Are you ISIS, can I join?” Tse said.
“They tried to give me trouble,” she explained. “Women would come in and yell at the staff and say they should change the name. They were very angry.”
Tse’s new name — “Bess Nails and Spa” — was taken from the name of her sister’s business in Hong Kong.
Since ISIS first emerged as a radical, bloodthirsty terrorist organization in 2014, Tse claimed people at her salon have been harassed at least 50 different times.
“I picked the name [in 2010] because I was thinking, what kind of name could I get for my store that’s unique and simple,” she said. “I just wanted someone who passed by to say, ‘Oh, what is that?’”
The name “Isis” is commonly used in Egyptian culture and was also famously used by an ancient goddess.
“We were happy to have this name,” Tse added. “Four years later, I was in shock.”
Until last Wednesday, business had also dropped by about 30 percent, Tse said.
“I was hoping [ISIS] would go away quickly,” she added. “I wish it was like a gossip topic that went away.”
But things just got worse — forcing Tse to finally change the name last Wednesday.
“It might take years until we make ISIS disappear,” she said. “I don’t want to deal with this anymore. I don’t want any chances anybody gets hurt.”
Once she gets her new brochures and covers the expenses for her new sign, Tse said, it will ultimately cost her around $7,000 to change the name.