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A mum who had drunk 'one too many glasses of pink gin" claims she ordered a £4,500 taxi to Ukraine to 'help fight Russian troops' but was saved by insufficient funds in her bank account.
Leoni Fildes had been out to celebrate her friend's birthday on Saturday (March 5) and had already downed a "few double pink gins and shots of Sambuca" when they began discussing the Russia-Ukraine war.
But it wasn't long before the 34-year-old's liquid confidence found her booking an Uber to 'help' the Ukrainian troops in the conflict.
The dog grooming business owner claims she was saved when the trip, which was estimated to cost around £4,578, was declined when she had 'insufficient funds' in her bank account.
The mum-of-two, from Worsley, Greater Manchester, claims she had 'flashbacks' of her risky mistake when her bank called her to following morning suspecting fraud as Uber had attempted to charge her account nine times
Leoni said: "I'd gone out with one of my friends in Swinton. We came up with a conversation about the war in Ukraine.
"It was a conversation about the war. My boyfriend's in the military and we were talking about if he had to go.
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"I said 'if he goes, I'm going with him'. One too many drinks later, we were trying to get a taxi home. We said 'shall we get a taxi and go help them'.
"We'd been out for about four hours so I'd had a few double pink gins and quite a lot of shots of Sambuca and a bottle of prosecco. I think that might have tipped me over the edge.
"I don't know what I'd do if Uber had let me order it. I don't think I'd have got in but you don't know after a drink. I might have piled into the taxi and realised when we got further out.
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"It would have been coming out of my account and I don't know where I'd have woken up After we'd done that, I couldn't get a taxi for about an hour and a half. They were allowing me to go to Ukraine but not 10 minutes up the road back home.
"It was only about 10.30 and I had to ring a few different taxi companies then to get a taxi. I got in at about 12."I'm 34 – I should know better. The next day I didn't remember doing it. I was like 'oh my god'.
"I woke up to my bank ringing me, thinking my card had been [used fraudulently]. Uber tried to take the payment nine times out of my account. They were pretty determined.
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"I had a little flashback when the bank called and I said 'I think it was me – sorry'. Normally, Uber allow a trip in advance but they've recently stopped it so I was lucky. I remember when we were looking, we said 'oh, we'll get the comfort one'. That's dearer – the XL one."
Uber said no trips were 'successfully made in this instance' and said they were investigating further to establish what happened.
An Uber spokesperson said: "We can confirm that no trip requests were successfully made in this instance. We are looking into this further to understand what happened."
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