Shocked Uber passenger, 22, is charged £35,000 for a four-mile journey


An Uber passenger was left in shock after he was charged £35,000 for a four-mile journey. Oliver Kaplan, 22, was told it would cost just £10 to travel from Hyde in Greater Manchester to Ashton-Under-Lyne. The man, who was travelling to see friends, woke up the following morning to find Uber had tried to take £35,427.97 from his bank account.

The Uber driver is thought to have mixed up Ashton-under-Lyne with the town of Ashton near Adelaide in South Australia.

Mr Kaplan said the charge was “the last thing [he] expected” when he woke up hungover the following morning.

He said it could have put him “in all sorts of financial trouble”.

Luckily for Mr Kaplan, Uber realised the mistake.

They later changed the fee to £10.53 and apologised for the error.

The company said its engineers are “looking into this”.

But Mr Kaplan said it was a “stressful” experience.

Speaking to the Sun, the 22-year-old said: “The driver took me exactly where I was meant to be going.

“It could have landed me in all sorts of financial trouble.

“I’m still wondering how the location was even set to Australia, seeing as it is the other side of the globe.

“Thankfully, they were really good about it and made it right straight away but it was a stressful half-hour to say the least.”

A spokesperson for Uber said: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.”



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