With all that’s going on in Ukraine at the moment, it’s understandable that many people want to help however they can. One mom in England recently decided she was going to do just that, ordering an Uber to take her straight from Swinton, Greater Manchester, to Ukraine after having “one too many” drinks during a night out.
… Leoni Fildes had been out celebrating her friend’s birthday when her group started chatting about Ukraine. The mom-of-two was asked if her boyfriend, who is in the military, might be forced to fight if the UK entered the war and she proclaimed that if he did, she would go with him.
… The 34-year-old, who owns a dog grooming business, says she’d had a “few double pink gins and shots of Sambuca” at this point and drunkenly decided to take action. She opened up the Uber app to book a ride — a trip that would cost her almost $6,000. She was saved from the huge bill by “insufficient funds”.
… The following morning Fildes had “flashbacks” of her risky mistake after her bank called to warn her about fraudulent activity on her card. She says she’s now glad she didn’t have enough money in her account and has questioned what could have happened if she had embarked on the trip.
Meanwhile, Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Wednesday the company is offering unlimited free rides from the Ukrainian border to Polish cities for refugees and their families as part of its effort to support Ukraine since it was invaded by Russia last week.
The Uber CEO also said in a post on LinkedIn that the company is helping transport supplies, is collecting donations for the International Rescue Committee through the Uber app and will match up to $1 million of those donations. That donation option will be available in the app for U.S. riders later this week, and in other countries later