He took Uber in the middle of a storm, got caught and was charged $ 600
A Richmond man was charged $ 600 for an Uber ride that got stuck with hundreds of others on an icy stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia.
Andrew Peters was returning from San Francisco and did not understand the seriousness of the situation when he took an Uber from Dulles International Airport on Monday and got stuck in the traffic disaster, WTOP-FM reported.
“It was kind of scary,” Peters said. “We had no food or water.”
Hundreds of motorists were stranded in freezing temperatures along a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of I-95. Police said part of the highway became impassable when the trucks sank in a winter storm. The interstate fully reopened Tuesday night after more than a day of lockdown.
After a nine-hour walk, Peters came home Tuesday and paid a $ 200 bill. But then Peters said Uber added $ 400, bringing his total bill to $ 600. He disputed the additional charge.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Uber said Peters would get his money back.
“We have reimbursed Mr. Peters after this ordeal and we are very happy that he and his Uber driver got home safely,” according to the statement, which also says that the driver’s pay will not be affected.
According to the Uber website, “heavy traffic can make your trip take longer than expected and, to compensate the driver for the extra time, your fare may change.”