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Refund time? Jeweler who gave Musk $40,000 diamond ring trapped in his ‘f**king’ Tesla


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A celebrity jeweler who has heaped praise on Elon Musk, calling him his inspiration and giving the Tesla CEO a custom-made diamond and ruby ring, struck a very different tone when he got locked inside his model X.

 

Ben Baller, a US musician, actor and jeweler, best known for his extravagant custom-made bling-bling, posted a video from inside his Tesla vehicle on Instagram. In the short carousel video, Baller says that he has been unable get out of his car for more than half an hour because an electronic door would not open.

 

"I wish this was a f**king joke," he says, before going on an expletive-filled rant. Baller says that he called for road assistance to free him.

 

"I'm locked inside my f**king Tesla. I know I've been a Tesla fan, I've said so many good things about Tesla. But I've been locked in the car now for 37 minutes f**king waiting for roadside assistance," a visibly distressed Baller says.

 

It is far from the first reported case of malfunctioning door locks on a Tesla vehicle, and other drivers have reportedly suffered far worse consequences – like a man in Florida who burned to death in a Model S in February after the door allegedly wouldn't open.

 

He might be regretting that lavish gift he gave Musk back in December, though – a custom-made ruby and diamond ring with the 'Tesla' engraved on the back.

 

Baller said at the time that it was the first custom piece of jewelry he has ever given anyone, calling Musk an inspiration and praising him for creating "almost 50,000 jobs to Americans and putting USA back on the map as a serious contender in the auto industry."

 

Baller said it was just a Christmas present, with no strings attached. Responding to Baller on Twitter, Musk tweeted a simple "Thanks."

 

While Musk's Tesla has arguably become the most recognizable brand on the electric car market, the company has yet to catch up with its competitors in terms of sales. In a new report issued by BMW, Tesla is tied for fifth with Volvo in terms of market share.

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