(NEWSER) – Meredith Mandel paid $19 for an early morning Uber ride in Brooklyn. Later, Mandel, who had shared the ride with her boyfriend and friend, discovered that an additional $200 fee had been tacked onto the fare.

The extra money was given directly to the driver to pay to have puke cleaned out of his car, Uber customer service told Mandel, providing a photo of the purported vomit. The driver, the rep added, recalled that Mandel and the others were drunk. The only problem is, Gothamist reports, Mandel says neither she nor her fellow passengers threw up during the Feb. 21 ride from a restaurant to the trio's respective apartments. And, she says, they weren't drunk (also, the color of the barf didn't match the color of the food they had just consumed). "I was infuriated," Mandel recalls, "because I realized that it actually is a scam."

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