This was certainly no UberX.
A man’s account of how he ended up at the back of a truck after using a ridesharing app, has gone viral on Weibo.
The man, who goes by the user ID @QiGeNongDongQiang, wrote in a now-deleted post that he wanted to take a ride from Wushan — a county in southwest China to the city of Chongqing. It’s approximately a five to six hour ride.
The man, who works in insurance, said that the driver pinged him on the app to note that the vehicle would be “wide.”
“I was expecting a Toyota Alphard,” he wrote.
But instead, a huge truck pulled up.
The man, who had planned to nap during the overnight ride, tried to go to sleep, lying down at the back of the truck, but was too stressed because the truck was speeding down the freeway.
“The speedometer nearly couldn’t handle it,” he added.
The driver assured him repeatedly, he added. “Don’t worry, bro, I’m a long-time driver! Long-time driver!”
He later told the Chongqing Evening Post that the space was as roomy as a train’s sleeping quarters.
The driver said he usually picks up a passenger on the route, which he frequents.
Later, the rider posted to explain that he deleted the original viral post because he didn’t want to get the driver in trouble.
Both the driver and rider declined to reveal the ride-sharing app they were using, but the company apologised when it was contacted by the newspaper.
Admitting fault, the app’s rep said it didn’t verify all details such as vehicle types. After the story went viral, the company said it, too, was surprised that it happened.
Weibo users were more than amused:
“Optimus Prime definitely can’t beat this.”
“The driver was bored and allowed you to hitch a ride — but you didn’t chat with him and wanted to go to sleep?”
“Reminds me of that time I rode in a hearse…”
“Wow, that’s cheap for a large interior, space, and even a skylight. It’s clearly for one of the nouveau riche. Where in life can you get something so luxurious?”
(h/t South China Morning Post)