Last Friday I wrote a post to remind everyone to beware of Uber Surge Pricing On Halloween. Apparently one young lady in Maryland missed my post!
In my post I wasn’t sure if surge pricing was expected all over the country (since the e-mail I received and it was from Uber NYC), but apparently it was.
This Halloween was more trick than treat for 26 year old Baltimoron Gabby Wathen.
Wathen was out to celebrate her birthday in the Baltimore area and decided to take an Uber home to avoid drunk driving. She said that she lives “22 minutes, tops, from the party I was leaving”.
She apparently didn’t realize that Uber was in Surge Pricing and woke up to a really crappy surprise. Her 20 minute Uber ride from the evening before had cost $362!
Yes you read it correctly, $362 for a 20 Minute Cab Ride.
She could not afford to pay her $450 per month rent also due on the same day after coming across the $362 charge to her bank account.
So what’s a 26 year old birthday girl to do? Turn to crowdfunding!
Wathen started a GoFundMe to raise the money to pay for her Uber ride.
I came across a post from Buzzfeed about this uber-expensive cab ride a couple of days back. According to the article, at the time of writing $573 had been raised to cover her ride. (I don’t get why people kept funded it if she was looking for $362???)
Not all of the people visiting Wathen’s GoFundMe page supported her. Buzzfeed included some negative comments related to her choice to go partying and use Uber when so “deep in the hole”.
When going back to Buzzfeed’s article, it was updated to say that the GoFundMe campaign had been removed. I’m not sure if this means since the money earned exceeded what was asked for it ended or if it was removed with no funds going to benefit the birthday girl…
This sounds like an Uber horror story where I’d have to place a lot of blame on the drunk girl. While $362 for a 20 minute cab ride is absolutely ridiculous, Uber has seemed to go out of its way to warn/ remind people about Surge Pricing.
Find out more about the story from Buzzfeed here.
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