Last week, drivers in Northern California found a surprising few hours of respite from rising prices — a Shell gas station selling fuel at $0.69 a gallon. But the deal of a lifetime was the result of a misplaced decimal point and the manager responsible was fired.
John Szczecina should set the price at $6.99. He told KOVR-TV in Sacramento that he “put all three prices up except for the diesel, but the last one just kind of didn’t go, you know, right.”
“I thought, ‘This is a nightmare,'” Szczecina told the news channel.
As a result, he was fired on Monday, KOVR reported.
Darryl Surita, a resident of Rancho Cordova, said he was shocked when he was…
“When I first saw the price was 69 cents, I just couldn’t believe it,” Surita said. “After checking my car, the tank was full, so I was very happy. I had a really big smile on my face.”
Believing it was a system glitch, Surita shared the shock price with his followers on Instagram.
After finding out that Szczecina took the blame and was fired, he sympathized with the manager and decided to help spread the link to a GoFundMe page set up on Szczecina’s behalf.
“I felt sorry for him. At first I thought it was a mistake and didn’t think anyone would have to pay for it,” Surita said. “But when I heard he took the blame, I thought I’d help him and donate him some money so he’s less stressed.”
According to Surita, the gas station quickly filled up as word spread. At one point, the line was secured up to the traffic light, Surita said. One customer said he drove across town to take advantage of the bargain price.
The mistake cost the gas station a loss of $16,000, according to the GoFundMe page.
Paula Jackson, Szczecina’s sister, started the fundraiser to try and pay back the gas station owners. As of Friday, GoFundMe had surpassed its $20,000 goal with more than 1,000 donations.
Many donors offered words of support, praising Szczecina for attempting to correct an “honest mistake”.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-18/gas-station-manager-fired-for-mistaken-price Gas station manager fired for mistaken $0.69-a-gallon price