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 hair stylist 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 reenroll 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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