(CNN)Uber driver Jesus Florentino was expecting a typical airport pickup on Saturday, but he ended up going on a 400-mile road trip to get his passengers to their aunt's 100th birthday party.
Uber driver makes 400-mile round trip to get sisters to their aunt's 100th birthday party
Sisters Kerry Maggard and Deb Eggers were stuck at the Minneapolis airport after they missed their connection to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, because of a storm. All of the later flights were sold out and they couldn't get a rental car.
"We were really scrambling at that point," Maggard told CNN.
Their Aunt Ann's party was in the tiny town of Edgerton, Minnesota, which was about 200 miles away, so in desperation, they tried to get an Uber.
"I was shocked that anyone picked it up. It was kind of a last resort to see if anyone would consider it," she said. "It was picked up immediately and of course I got the message on the phone which said 'Jesus is 7 minutes away, which was quite a shock.'"
Maggard said she didn't expect the answer to her prayers to be quite so literal.
Florentino says he's heard that sentiment a lot in the almost three years he's been driving for Uber.
He said he couldn't see the destination when he accepted the ride and the women double-checked with him to make sure he was willing to drive so far.
"I feel that they need to be attending the birthday and I enjoy driving, so yeah, it worked out well," he told CNN. "It's an important occasion, and if I was in their place I would appreciate very much someone bringing me there when there was no other way."
Maggard said he was incredibly kind.
"He was just so sweet and without hesitation he said, 'I'm a driver, that's what I do. I'll take you,'" she said.
It took four hours to get there, which gave the sisters a chance to catch up. Florentino said he enjoyed listening to music and looking at the scenery.
They reached their destination, at about 6 p.m.
"The party had been over for an hour, but everyone was there," Maggard said. "All my cousins, they were aware of my situation, so they extended the party time and we arrived in time to see everyone and then spend some good quality time alone with my aunt."
The trip cost $216.30 and she tipped him $54.07. She also gave him a perfect five-star rating.