Uber Customer Accidentally Charged $18,000 For A 21-Minute Ride

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Uber Accidentally Charges A Customer $18K For A 21-Minute Ride That Was Supposed To Cost Under $20

Never would have an Uber customer thought in his wildest dreams that a 21-minute cab ride would cost him $18,000.

The victim, Hisham Salama grabbed an Uber to visit a friend at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto, Canada on Friday night. He was expecting to pay around $20 for the ride. However, he was shocked to see a significant amount of $18,518.50 pending on his credit card for a five-mile, 21-minute ride that was supposed to cost only $12 to $16, according to Slate.

When he contacted Uber, the company said the fare was accurate and refused to alter the charge. “My first reaction was to just laugh, because I thought it was probably just an error but then about 20 minutes (later), when I was with my friend, I thought I should probably check my credit card to make sure everything was OK,” said Salama, who had opted for the metered Taxi fare instead of the standard Uber X ride, reported Vice. That’s when he noticed there was a significant amount pending on his credit card.

The news of the incident was first reported by a friend of Salama on Twitter on Saturday disputing the price charged.

Later, the taxi-hailing company accepted the error and has since issued a full refund to Salama along with a $150 credit in his Uber account. “There was an error here and it has been resolved,” an Uber spokesperson told Slate. “We have provided a full refund to this rider and apologized to him for this experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred.”

Source: Vice

1 COMMENT

  1. What kind of mistake is this? If we were talking about a 10-20 bucks difference, I would understand. But, 18.000? Is this surely a mistake? Or did they perhaps tried to scam that person and hoped that he would stay silent?

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