A 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to 21 days in jail for contempt when her cell phone rang after a judge warned everyone in the courtroom to shut off all electronic devices.
Mariela Acevedo was in court when Judge Salvatore Alamia issued his warning.
"If you don't know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe," he said, according to a transcript reported in Saturday's editions of Newsday.
When the girl's phone subsequently sounded, Alamia asked the teenager, "Did you think I was playing with you?"
When she told him she thought it had been turned off, the judge sentenced her to 21 days.
"I know you've been playing with it all morning, sayonara," he said.
The girl later returned to court and pleaded guilty before Alamia to criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
The judge allowed the contempt charge to run concurrently.