Did your Halloweekend end with a ridiculous number of regrets? I bet you wish you could erase at least one recent Halloween from your memory. One birthday biddie made a serious mistake when she didn’t realize that Uber was charging 9x their usual price, and tried to erase the amount of money they charged her by crowdsourcing her minor ($362.57) mistake.
As an Uber user, there are times when I don’t check the price until I remember the next morning (or on my next ride). On, Halloween, though, there was no way to ignore the sky high prices. After a long evening, I walked into the rainy streets of New York City in full costume, only to discover that I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t trying to take a train at 5AM, as glorious as watching the sunrise from the subway would be. When I checked my phone, Uber immediately told me that it was 3x the regular price. I walked for a while in the pouring rain until the price went down, and I don’t regret it.
Unfortunately, Gabrielle Wathen didn’t take a walk, because she never realized that Uber was charging 9x their usual price. Look, girlfriend, I feel you, I really do, but the signs were all there. After celebrating her birthday, Gabrielle couldn’t read the signs. Understandable, when you think about the obscene level of drinking that occurs on your birthday and Halloween, and then combine the two.
Gabrielle is currently working 3 jobs, and with a charge of $362 for a 20 minute ride, she couldn’t pay her rent. That’s not exactly the best birthday present ever. So, she did what any good millenial would do, and crowdsourced it, raising even more than her goal. Now, she can finally have a real celebration.
When I awoke this morning, I heard a friend talking about how outrageous Uber rates were the night before (9x original rate). I checked my bank account when, unbeknowst to me, I see a charge for $362. Not only is it my 26th birthday, it is rent day. My rent is $450 and I can no longer pay it today due to this completely outrageous charge.
This misunderstanding has cost me 80% of the funds I have to my name (embarrassingly so) and I spent a good two hours of my birthday crying over it.
I feel taken advantage of and cheated by the Uber name. $367 for a 20 minute ride should never be justified, even on Halloween. Please donate even just $1 if you think this is utter and complete bullshit and also hilarious and very, very depressing at the same time.
Thanks for the ride, Muhammed.