It happens every year – a bunch of starry-eyed drunk people in their mid-20s go home from the bars on New Year’s Eve and wake up to Uber bills upwards of $300. Frankly, I have a really hard time feeling bad for anyone because you’re getting what you pay for – a super convenient service on one of the busiest bar nights of the year. You can’t expect to pay your normal $6.50 to get home when there are thousands of other people trying to do the exact. same. thing.
Last night, being New Year’s Eve, was no different. One Uber driver posted a screenshot of what he saw in Southern Florida last night around 12:40 a.m. (aka right when people probably started to hit a wall fueled by shitty champagne).
He reported that the highest surge pricing he saw in his area was 10x, while another driver reported that it got up to 16x.
Another driver from Washington DC posted the below screenshot where the lowest possible surge a rider could’ve gotten was 10.1x.
Meanwhile, in Nashville, the story was no different. You pretty much couldn’t get anywhere without paying out your ass.
This driver claimed to be “making it rain in Knox Vegas like Pacman Jones,” and call me crazy but I’m not sure comparing yourself to Pacman Jones is the greatest way to get five stars.
The surge pricing wasn’t just in The U.S., though. Passengers in Santiago, Chile also saw prices upwards of 10x around the entire city.
The same went for Melbourne, Australia.
Thoughts and prayers to anyone out there last night who was too drunk to realize they were going to put a car payment down for a fifteen-minute ride home. Nothing screams “Sunday Scaries” like your bank account taking that kind of hit on the first day of the new year. .