Uber driver alleged to have taken ‘advantage’ of drunk London passenger wracking up £129 fare

An Uber driver is alleged to have taken ‘advantage’ of a drunk London passenger, by heading in the wrong direction wracking up a fare of nearly £130.

The journey, which was taken in the early hours of 2 February, started in central London’s Russell Street and was supposed to head 5-miles west to Notting Hill.

However, according to the passenger's girlfriend, the driver of the Volkswagen Sharan drove completely in the wrong direction to a destination in Stratford, before turning around to head back west to Notting Hill.

The cost of the journey hit an eye-watering £129.35 for what should have been a 5-mile trip.

The passenger’s girlfriend, @haveuseenhannah, got in touch with Uber via Twitter saying: “Uber Support, my boyfriend was charged £129 for a journey from Russell St to somewhere in east London even though he put in his address living in west London???? Surely this can’t be right???”

She added: “He put in Notting Hill Gate but somehow the Uber driver took advantage of him because he was drunk and drove him to the opposite side of London thinking he wouldn’t notice? This is a f***ing joke!”

Uber Support are yet to comment.

Recently an Uber passenger travelling from central London to Kent’s Medway area was charged a jaw dropping £529.77 after her driver took her a longer route home.

Ashleigh Cooper was charged the astonishing fee after the driver of the private hire vehicle headed west towards Heathrow Airport, and then circumnavigated the south side of the capital’s M25 eastbound towards Kent.

Another passenger travelling on Saturday 1 February was also left with a bill over three times the estimated cost after her driver headed in completely the wrong direction.

Image credit: @haveuseenhannah (Twitter)

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