Amex sued for a vacation from hell

This one is hard to swallow:

“A Queens dad and his two sons were stripped of their passports and held hostage at gunpoint during a horror trip to a five-star Mediterranean hotel organized by American Express, he claims in a lawsuit.

Alexander Maryasin says his Italian vacation spot turned into a virtual prison when staffers refused to release him until he ran up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Queens Supreme Court.

An AmEx travel agent arranged all the details of the August 2007 getaway for Maryasin because he was an exclusive Black Card holder, the suit says.

But when Maryasin and his sons arrived at the scenic Hotel Cala di Volpe on the island of Sardinia, they landed in a bizarre trap for more than two weeks, the suit says.

The hotel manager seized the passports belonging to Maryasin, his 21-year-old son, David, and his 11-year-old son, who was not named, the papers claim.

Then hotel staff repeatedly changed the trio’s departure dates to extend their stay without their consent while forcing Maryasin to rack up $300,000 in unwanted charges – including cash advances, a spree at the hotel jewelry store and trips to nightclubs and pricey restaurants, where he was forced to pick up the tab for his captors, the papers say.”

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