Uber Price-Gouges Millennial Passenger $14,000 For 5-Mile Ride

One Millennial in Toronto got the shock of his life last Thursday evening when Uber charged him C$18,518.50 (around US$14,398) for a 5-mile trip from 12 Widmer, ST to 30 The Queensway in Toronto, that should have cost C$12 to C$40.

According to Votethehish’s friend, Emily Kennard took to Twitter and said, “My friend was charged 18K for a 20 Min ride (!), and they are sticking to it. What in the world??? This is insane! @Uber_Support @badassboz @Uber”

While combing through the dozen of replies to the initial tweet. We stumbled across an interesting interaction where Kennard said, “Uber is not backing down at the moment” from charging C$18,8158.

Uber appears to be shaking up more than the Taxi market in Toronto with its dynamic pricing model. One Twitter user replies, “surge pricing must have been 10,000% that day.”

Frustrated Twitter users voice their concerns for Uber, and even delete the app.

According to the Inquirer.Net, Uber issued a statement saying there was an error in the dynamic pricing model and it has been resolved.

“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,” the statement read.

Less than two weeks ago, we reported on a rather embarrassing moment for Uber, where a trifecta of events including investors drop out of the latest financing round, hackers steal 57 million customer profiles, and another massive quarterly loss are adding to speculation that Uber is a “Dead Unicorn Walking”… (see: Uber Reports Massive $1.5 Billion 3Q Loss As Two Investors Drop Out Of New Financing Round.)

Considering Uber’s statement reads, “we have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening,” in Mr. Votethehish’s case, where were the safe guards?

Comments

Endgame Napoleon Big Twinkie Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

I am an Xer on the early side of the generation. Especially after going out into the savagery of the Christmas traffic, I would like to take Uber cabs, just letting the drivers deal with it. But even when the fare does not equal the per capita income in many Southern states, I still could not afford it. How do people justify the expense for mere errands? I can see it for occasional local trips, like a ride to the airport or whatever.

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Cluster_Frak nmewn Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:03 Permalink

That's why I do not tip cabbies. Don't want to feed their hobbies. Btw, I'm glad you mantioned that the guy was a cabbie. That explains why this failed attempt is Trump's fault. Some years ago some cabbie was complaining that Trump gave him a 15 cents tip and a word of good advice. You see, Trump feeds cabbies bad hobbies.

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Kilroyishere Ozymango Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:57 Permalink

Millenial stupid.  That's how stupid.  Think of the person in your life that thinks they know everything but has never done anything and is ripe with unbridled emotions with no way to reign the latter in.  That is why millenials are who they are.  Got two nephews that couldn't pour piss from a boot with instructions but they will tell you all day long how smart they are.  One is a frigging college dropout and the younger dropped out of high school with one semester to go.  The former is working as an asst mgr at Jimmie Johns and the other is prepping cars at a detail shop.  But they will inform you how stupid you are....

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Liberaldisdain Kilroyishere Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:05 Permalink

Spot on, I got a Starbucks barista nephew exactly like this sponging off his 80 year old great aunt and uncle, the family suckers.Ask him why not get a full time job? "I work 28 hours a week,  that's full time enough."Ask him how he likes Starbucks? "Typical capitalist company where all the money goes to one person."He is a frickin genius. God help this nation. 

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NoDebt Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:35 Permalink

Somebody dropped the decimal point in the wrong place.  Holy shit, when things go bad for Uber they just keep getting worse... and worse... and worse.  If that guy had actually paid them they couldn't buy a break with the money.  

BOHICA2 Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

So, stupid question from a stupid man such as myself who has never used stupid UBER:  why not just refuse payment through the credit card company?  Any wasn't this fare pre-approved before he stepped into the car?Sorry in advance for being so stupid and ancient as to own my own cars and having friends with cars and avoiding larger cities as a general principle. 

Grumbleduke Endgame Napoleon Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

electric cars - or bitcoin? Something's gotta give. Bitcoin mining alone soon will need the electricity of the entire planet, not to mention the other cryptos.Or, you want feel good bullshit coal and nuclear powered cars, driving your ass around? Well then, where does the energy come from? Wanting the cake, and eat it too, it seems.

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Whodathunkit Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:51 Permalink

That is why I don't use them anymore. I don't think they are happy honest or ethical. See current state of the inventor/former CEO. I don't think that Lyft works any better. I just hope it cuts taxi prices down. Breaks the monopoly.