Uber driver Latonya Young has given rides to hundreds of passengers but there is one particular car ride she will never forget.
The 43-year-old single mother from Atlanta, Georgia had been studying criminal justice at Georgia State University until she was suddenly barred from continuing her classes due to an unpaid $700 balance on her account.
“Every time I got ready to pay the money, my kids needed something,” Young recalled to WIST-TV. “I said, ‘Okay, I’ll just wait.’”
Young, working as a hairstylist by day and an Uber driver by night, had been driving a passenger to a soccer game one night when she mentioned her financial struggles with the university.
A few days later, she received a call from Georgia State University saying that she was free to re-enroll in more classes since her Uber passenger, Kevin Esch, had paid off her remaining balance.
“I was literally blown away. A stranger has never done that or done anything like that for me,” Young told reporters. “When he paid the balance, I had to do this for him. I maintained my grades, As and Bs, just trying to do everything to make sure he knows I appreciate him.”
Esch was in the audience when Young graduated with her associate’s degree a few weeks ago and he is still serving as an inspiration to her as she prepares to study for her bachelor’s degree.
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