Leoni Fildes, 34, was out celebrating a pal’s birthday on Saturday 5 March when the talk turned to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Having knocked back ‘a few double pink gins’ and ‘shots of sambuca’, Leoni says she decided to get a taxi to ‘help’ out.
Luckily for her, as she attempted to book the £4,578 trip she was told she had ‘insufficient funds’.
The mum-of-two from Worsley, Greater Manchester, said she was only reminded of her attempts to get to Ukraine the next day when her bank called believing her card had been fraudulently used after nine attempts to pay for the Uber were reportedly declined.
Uber said no trips were ‘successfully made in this instance’ and it is now investigating what happened.
Leoni said: "I'd gone out with one of my friends in Swinton. We came up with the 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. 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.
“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."
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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