When DJ went to college, I told her I would pay for four things:
- Her tuition, room and board
- Her books
- Her transportation
- A set amount of spending money each semester
Numbers 1, 2 and 4 have worked out well. Perhaps I should gave given a bit more clarity around number 3.
What I meant by “I will cover your transportation” was that I would get her back and forth from school. It’s a 4.5 hour drive one way. Sometimes I drop her off or pick her up. Sometimes she flies. And sometimes she takes the train. Yes. I cover those expenses. I want her to come home – often. So I’ll pay.
I also figured, up in DC, that she might buy a Metro card to ride the train to Target or to, I don’t know, Mount Vernon. I am happy to cover that OCCASIONAL expense.
She took our initial conversation in a different direction…
The UBER direction.
Apparently my credit card is attached to her Uber account, and I just received the bill.
In one month, she charged 18 Uber rides. She also charged seven “car shares” and one $14 Metro ride. I don’t even know what a “car share” is. What I do know is that one shared a car to Maryland on November 17 for $35.75 and another shared a ride back on November 18 for $28.88. Who in the heck was she spending the night with in a different state? She says it was a Camp Seafarer reunion. Yada, yada, yada. I don’t care if she was spending the night with the Pope… he needs to pick her up from campus in his large white window filled bus.
I asked her, “Are you taking Uber across campus to class? You can’t do that! You must walk! That’s part of the college experience.”
She told me she once went to the zoo, and it was educational.
“Well what about the other 17 rides?”
“Dad, there are two charges for every one destination. You ride there AND back.”
She did have a point.
She then explained that it could have been worse. She has often been using UberPOOL which sticks you in a car with complete strangers allowing you to split the cost. In fact, she forwarded me an email she received from firstname.lastname@example.org. It said, and I quote,
WOW! You’re pretty savvy. By choosing to ride UberPOOL, you saved $95.55 in 2016.
She should have forwarded that to me because she didn’t save anything by using UberPOOL. Cause she didn’t pay for Uber. I DID!! We had over $180 worth of transportation charges in the month of November. AHHHH.
I didn’t know I was going to have to include Uber in my monthly expenditures. Jimini Christmas! These girls are slowly breaking me into little, bitty pieces. I’m a shell of the man I used to be.