Mumbaikar charged Rs 149 cr for unhappened Ola ride

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Sushil Narsian was shocked to see a Rs 149 cr bill for a trip that he even did not embark on.

Ola is Indian counterpart of Uber.

Mumbai: This is neither a joke nor an April Fools Day prank. But for Mumbaikar Sushil Narsian it was a big hole in his pocket. He had hired an Ola cab and was charged an astronomical Rs 149 crore for a ride that even did not take place, according to moneycontrol.com.

Here is a narrative that unfolds what exactly transpired on the fateful day.

On April 1, Narsian booked an Ola cab from his home in Mulund West to Vakola Market. Under ordinary circumstances, the trip would have cost him somewhere between Rs 200-250.

But, he was shocked to see a Rs 149 crore charge for a trip that he even did not embark on.

Narsian was allotted a cab. But what happened next, it could be said, was out of this world. The cabbie's mobile phone conked off and he could not locate Narsian using Google Maps.

When Narisan scrolled through his mobile phone to check driver's location he found it was static. He decided to walk up to the place where driver's place had been pinpointed, and to his surprise the cab and the driver were nowhere to be seen.

Narsian then found out that the ride was cancelled by the driver himself some time back. The 22 km journey turned out to be a nuisance for this unlucky Ola rider. And, it was also unclear whether Ola had played a prank on him as it was April 1.

Ola, however, rectified the error quickly and tweeted that the glitch had been fixed.

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