After a night of partying with buddies inMorgantown, W.V. last Friday , Kenny Bachman thought he had called an Uber to take him back to where he was staying near West Virginia University's campus.
Kenny Bachman called an Uber to pick him up after a day of drinking in West Virginia, and accidentally ended up taking the ride all the way to his permanent home in New Jersey.
Instead, he woke up in the passenger seat of a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan next to an Uber driver that was taking him home. Not where he was staying with friends in West Virginia, but homehome.
Like, where he lives. In Gloucester County. More than 300 miles away.
"I just woke up," Bachman told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. "And I'm thinking, 'Why the f--- am I in the car next to some random ass dude I don't even know?"
The price? A hefty $1,635.93.
"Afterwards I had it fully sink in," Bachman said. "Once the ride ended and I saw how much it was when I was like 'Alright, this is insane, that's just crazy.'"
A $3.94 base fare, a $2.35 booking fee, $696.95 for distance, $115.90 for time. Things were more expensive because Bachman unintentionally ordered anUberXL , which can hold up to six passengers and is exponentially more expensive than the typical UberX . Still, it would have been just $819.14 -- if not for the surge pricing, which doubled every charge except the booking fee.
Bachman says he passed out in the van and after two hours woke up to the driver telling him they were on their way to New Jersey. Couldn't he just get out of the car once he realized what was happening?
"No, because what am I, just going to get dropped off on the side of the road?" Bachman says.
The Uber driver didn't have money for tolls, Bachman says, and was fined at every tollbooth. When they did get back to New Jersey, Bachman went to a CVS in Sewell and got cash back to give him money for tolls on the way back.
Bachman got back to New Jersey safe and sound. He even gave his driver five stars. But he challenged the charge; he claims he never put in the home address for the Uber. Bachman says the driver had his phone, even having answered a FaceTime call from a friend while he was asleep.
"Obviously I sent the Uber, I don't know where to, I know I wouldn't send it to my house, I knew where I was," Bachman said. "He was on my phone, without me allowing it."
Uber confirmed that the ride did indeed occur and that the driver took the rider to the destination he requested. Uber also connected with Bachman and resolved the matter, which ended with him agreeing to pay the fare.