Offbeat | Drunk man takes USD1,600 Uber from West Virginia to New Jersey

Passenger Pays $1,600 For Uber Ride

Bachman, 21, told W Radio he's not a "frequent drinker", but that night he did drink a lot.

Bachman had thought he had hired an Uber to take him back home to his campus of West Virginia University, but accidentally hired an Uber to take him back home in Gloucester County.

Bachman said he fell asleep and woke up about 2 hours into the trip. Not only that, while choosing the auto option he also opted for UberXL, which can hold up to six passengers, TIME reported. He said he woke up in the passenger seat of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan and the driver informed him they were on their way to New Jersey. He was at a party and knew he probably shouldn't drive home so he called an Uber.

Each charge, except for the booking fee also was doubled due to surge pricing.


"I'm just questioning what went through the dude's head who saw how intoxicated I was, and decided it would be a real good idea to take me across the country". Now like how most people would react, Bachman did not want to accept that he had to pay $1,600 for an Uber ride and he tried to contest it, initially thinking that the Uber driver might have somehow tampered with his phone.

Bachman said he was in shock and had no idea where he was or who the driver was at first.

Uber confirmed to the media house that the ride happened and hence he had to pay the full price, approximately over Rs 1 lakh in the current exchange rate.

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