A man was left out of pocket and furious after a night out when he discovered he’d been charged £104 for an 11 mile Uber ride home.
Sam George, argued that the trip, which usually costs around £25, was over four times higher following his night out in Manchester just after Christmas.
Mr George, who decided to catch an Uber, took an Uber XL due to taxi shortage and was in the car for less than half an hour.
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But the next morning he was shocked to discover he had been charged £104 when he checked his bill.
The man was shocked after waking up to a huge bill
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Speaking to the Manchester Evening News he said: “I woke up and looked at my emails and just couldn’t believe it. I was just in shock. It just did not seem right. How could a journey that took less than half an hour cost more than £100?
“We normally use Uber and it is never that much – but this just puts you off wanting to go out.”
He went on to say that the most “hilarious” part of the whole incident was that his Uber fare ended up costing more than his entire night out.
The 11 mile route cost four time the usual cost
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Uber responded to his suggestion that the fare was too high, claiming that all fares on their app are calculated and customers are provided with a fee before accepting a ride.
An Uber spokesperson said: “The Uber app uses dynamic pricing to make sure that people can get a car when they need it.
“When a large number of people in a specific area are booking a trip at the same time and there aren’t enough available cars, fares automatically rise to encourage more drivers to go to the busy area.
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“Users will always see a fare estimate in advance so they have the choice to book a car.”
The American ride-hailing service added that the surge pricing and multiple drop-offs would have caused the fare to be higher than normal.
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