A YOUNG student was left outraged and out-of-pocket after being charged £111 for a two-mile Uber journey home from the pub.
Matt Bennett woke up after a night at the pub to find he had been ridiculously overcharged for the eight-minute trip which usually costs him just a fiver.
The student had gone to bed after a few drinks and hadn’t noticed the fare, but was in utter shock when he saw the total the next morning.
“It’s a journey I’ve done many times before and I’ve never had a problem.
“But I woke up the next day to see an excessive amount billed to my credit card.
“I was in shock, especially since my average charge is £4-7 and I’d been quoted the same.”
Matt was so shocked he rushed to tell his mum Mandy, whom he lives with.
Mum Mandy said, “I was outraged Matt can’t afford the fare, he’s only 18 and only just finished his plumbing apprenticeship. Plus it’s very difficult times and he’s finding it hard to find work.
“But even if he wasn’t struggling financially, it still doesn’t make it right. I’m absolutely furious.”
Matt, who had been drinking at the Plainsman pub in Mapperley, had been charged just £4.90 for the same journey one month earlier.
He disputed the fare, 23 times the usual cost, on the app but was told it was a reasonable price for that time because they were busy.
He then phoned Uber and was again told it was a ‘surge’ charge – when it’s busy, the prices go up – as he was travelling just after the 10pm curfew.
Matt said, “They just kept telling me it was a fair price, which it definitely wasn’t.
“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this.”
His credit card company temporarily held the payment but said they needed proof Matt didn’t accept the increased fare, something which is impossible to get after you’ve taken the journey.
So, mum, Mandy did some research and discovered that if you’re getting a ‘surge’ charge then there should be a purple ring with a yellow lightning bolt stating the increase.
She said, “It should say, ‘it should have cost you this, but it’s going to cost you this’. But there’s nothing on Matt’s receipt that says surge on it.
“It really worries me because we live in Nottingham where there is a massive student community and these things are probably happening to more and more people.
“And they don’t do anything about it because it’s so difficult to do anything about it. Uber makes it very difficult to complain.”