NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A persistent concert pianist was jailed after repeatedly demanding a refund from Priceline.com, the New York Post reports.
Juilliard-trained Ronnie Segev sued Priceline earlier this month, alleging the corporate giant billed him for a $953 plane ticket he never purchased, then had its top lawyer call the police after he phoned 215 times to ask for his money back.
Segev, who has played Carnegie Hall, was handcuffed and hauled out of his Hell's Kitchen apartment building early one morning in May.
The police hit him with 215 counts of harassment -- one for each call.
"I tried to talk to them," he said, shaking his head. "Now I get the chills every time I see a Priceline commercial."
A judge later dismissed the charges, but not before Segev spent 40 hours in a Manhattan holding cell.
The New York Police Department and Priceline declined to comment on the lawsuit.
In a sworn statement, Priceline's general counsel had told police that Segev's persistent calls forced the company to switch to an automated customer-service system.