Uber is a fantastic advancement in society to avoid all of the life-changing dangers of drunk driving. Apparently, there are hazards of ordering an Uber if you are so plastered out of your mind that you can’t handle the simple task of instructing your driver where to drop you off. This was the harsh $1,600 lesson that one man learned after partying a little too hard.
Kenneth Bachman went to a frat party with his bros near the campus of West Virginia University. After drinking all day, he then went to a bar in Morgantown, West Virginia to continue the party. “We went to a frat party and then went to the bar. I was getting drinks all night; I probably spent like $200 at the bar after already drinking all day,” Bachman said. Kenneth did the responsible thing and took an Uber home. One itsy-bitsy problem — Kenneth lives in New Jersey.
Kenneth ordered an Uber from Morgantown, West Virginia to Sewell, New Jersey, a trip that is over 300 miles, takes over five hours to drive, and crosses through at least three states. “Basically, I kinda just blacked out,” Bachman said. Kenny woke up in the passenger seat of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. “The last thing I remember was being at the bar and then I just woke up in the Uber next to an older dude telling me I was an hour out from Jersey.” Kenny was staying with friends near West Virginia University’s campus, but somehow he was taken back home in New Jersey. “And I’m thinking, ‘Why the f*ck am I in the car next to some random ass dude I don’t even know?”
To make things worse, Kenneth ordered an UberXL, the more expensive service that uses luxury or larger vehicles. By the end of his epic journey, the cost for his trip was $1,635.93. If he had taken the regular Uber the price would have been $819.14. On the positive side, by blacking out Kenneth time-traveled back home in what must have felt like only 30 minutes.
“I guess it’s kind of embarrassing,” Kenny admits. But it actually somehow gets worse. Bachman left his stuff in West Virginia. “I’m heading back to West Virginia this weekend to pick up my bags,” he says. Hopefully our boy Kenny takes it easy on the booze. The moral of the story is if you are completely hammered, let your sober or semi-sober friend order your Uber for you.