While Uber has certainly proven to be a huge convenience to most of us, it’s not without its downfalls. For special events and holidays, surge charges will have you standing in the street attempting to hail a cab, and if you’ve had too much to drink and get sick in the car, you’ll lose more than your perfect 5-star rating. These are just a few of the things that can cause Uber bills to surge out of control, but even on your worst night, at least you weren’t sent a $28,000 bill from Uber, which unfortunately, did just happen to a Philadelphia resident.
That’s right, Uber actually thought it was reasonable to charge this poor (now used in more than one sense of the word) woman a year’s worth of private college tuition to shuttle her around a U.S. city for a grand total of $28,639.14. This woman owes a serious thank-you card to her bank, who had the foresight to put a hold on the charge before verifying it and leaving her SOL right before the holidays. Apparently the high price was due to a “technical glitch,” which isn’t exactly comforting. What else isn’t comforting is that multiple other users have been mischarged in what’s being referred to as a financial hack, leaving account information vulnerable. Awesome.
If you’re Ubering around your hometown bars this week, make sure you keep a close eye on both your Uber charges as well as your checking account. After all, it’s pretty likely that you’re having a hard enough time with your student loan payments as is, and you really don’t need them multiplying overnight. At the very least, sometimes large charges can suspend your card’s ability to be used, which is exactly what you don’t need to happen right before Christmas. Be careful out there kids, and maybe consider bringing your pregnant friend along to DD for you this weekend. .
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