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Man Blacks Out, Wakes Up to $1,635 Uber Fare

Kenneth Bachman took Uber home to New Jersey after partying in West Virginia
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Man Blacks Out, Wakes Up to $1,635 Uber Fare
In this March 15, 2017 file photo, an Uber car drives through LaGuardia Airport in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

We all know you shouldn't drink and drive. Kenneth Bachman is living proof you probably shouldn't drink and Uber either. He was hit with a $1,635.93 Uber fare after accidentally taking the ride service from near the West Virginia University campus, where he was partying with friends last Friday night, to his home in New Jersey, CBS Philadelphia reports. “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 says. “Basically, I kinda just blacked out." Needless to say, Bachman doesn't really remember calling himself an Uber. He says he woke up to the driver telling him they were about an hour away from New Jersey. “I was just like, that’s crazy. Why did you agree to take me to New Jersey from West Virginia?” Bachman says.

Five hours and 300 miles after ordering the Uber, Bachman was home, the Washington Post reports. The ride would have been a good deal cheaper if Bachman hadn't drunkenly treated himself to a more expensive UberXL. According to, surge pricing also doubled the cost. Bachman challenged the fare, arguing he would have told the driver to take him to his friends' place near the university campus—not all the way to New Jersey. "I know I wouldn't send it to my house," Bachman says. "I knew where I was." Uber states Bachman did indeed give the driver his home address, and Bachman agreed to pay the fare after the company contacted him. He gave the driver five stars and cash for paying tolls on the way back to West Virginia. (More Uber stories.)

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