It’s a classic tale of betrayal with a modern twist: a torrid affair leads to a broken marriage… after it was all uncovered by some unexplained app notifications.
When a businessman in southern France was caught hitching rides to rendezvous with his extramarital lover, he decided to blame Uber and file a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, French newspaper Le Figaro reported Wednesday.
The alleged cheater, whose name was not disclosed in court documents obtained by the paper, blamed a “glitch” in the app for outing him. The man claimed he once logged into his Uber account on his wife’s iPhone, but even after he logged out, her device continued to receive push notifications from his profile. Every time he took an extracurricular love trip, he claims she was pinged, which led her to confront him about the alleged affair and their eventual divorce.
Le Figaro said it was able to recreate the glitch in tests, but only on iPhones running the Uber app before its Dec. 15 software update. Android devices were not affected.
Following the breakup, the man turned on Uber, filing suit for 45 million Euros ($47.8 million) in damages for two-timing him.
“The bug has caused him problems in his private life,” the man’s lawyer told the AFP news service, because his client apparently has no appreciation for irony.
Uber France declined to comment to Le Figaro about the case, citing privacy concerns. Reps from the company had no response to Mashable‘s request for comment.
Two-timers, take heed: If you’re going to cheat, you should probably steer clear of services that give your partner a digital alarm bell every time you sneak off to do the dirty. Just a thought.
UPDATE: Feb. 13, 2017, 3:42 p.m. EST This story was updated to include Uber’s response.