A Brit charged Rs 32 lakh for a 15-minute Uber ride

In a freak incident, Uber charged a hefty sum of $39,317, almost Rs. 32 lakh to a Briton in just a 15-minute journey, according to a New York Post report.

Oliver Kaplan recently booked a car with Uber after work at the Buxton Inn in Manchester, England. He was said to be meeting friends at the Witchwood, a bar four miles away.

The 22-year-old chef told South West News Service he ordered an Uber, as he often does on his way home from work, and everything seemed normal. He also claimed that the price of the app is between 11 and 12 dollars, which is between 900-1000 rupees.

He further said, “The driver arrived, I got into the Uber and he took me exactly where I needed to go. It was a 15-minute ride, at most.” Oliver then forgot about the incident until the next morning when he got a text from Uber.

He said: “When I woke up hungover the next morning, the last thing I expected was a bill of over £35,000 ($39,317). The total amount charged to Oliver’s card was £35,427 ($39,317).

The chef didn’t waste a minute calling Uber’s customer support via the app to ask about the overcharge. He claimed Uber staff were initially puzzled by the number and said: “He said the amount could not be taken because I did not have enough funds.”

The ride-sharing company’s engineers found that the return destination had been changed to Australia. Although they are not sure what caused the confusion, they suspect that a malfunction caused the location to change from Witchwood, a bar in Manchester, to Witchwood, a park in Victoria, Australia.

Meanwhile, because Oliver didn’t have $39,317 in his bank account, Uber couldn’t withdraw the payments.

The man said, “If I had that much money, I should pursue it for recovery.”

“It could have gotten me into all kinds of financial trouble. Luckily they (Uber) were very good about it and did it straight away – but it was a stressful half hour to say the least,” the chef added.

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