Just about everyone has taken a drunken late-night Uber ride they might regret, or not even remember. But one New Jersey native recently took the blackout Uber ride of a lifetime.
After a night of partying with buddies in Morgantown, W.V. last Friday, Kenny Bachman thought he had called an Uber to take him back to where he was staying near West Virginia University's campus.
Instead, he woke up in the passenger seat of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan next to an Uber driver that was taking him home. Not where he was staying with friends in West Virginia, but home home.
Like, where he lives. In Gloucester County. More than 300 miles away.
"I just woke up," Bachman told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. "And I'm thinking, 'Why- am I in the car next to some random dude I don't even know?"
The price? A hefty $1,635.93.
"Afterwards I had it fully sink in," Bachman said. "Once the ride ended and I saw how much it was when I was like 'Alright, this is insane, that's just crazy.'"
A $3.94 base fare, a $2.35 booking fee, $696.95 for distance, $115.90 for time. Things were more expensive because Bachman unintentionally ordered an UberXL, which can hold up to six passengers and is exponentially more expensive than the typical UberX. Still, it would have been just $819.14 -- if not for the surge pricing, which doubled every charge except the booking fee.