RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (KTXL) — John Szczecina, a manager at a California gas station, was fired days after the station sold gas for 69 cents a gallon for several hours, WFXR’s sister station, KTXL, has confirmed.
The incident happened at a Rancho Cordova Shell gas station, according to a man that posted about it on Instagram.
Paula Jackson, Szczecina’s sister, tells KXTL that her brother was changing the cost of gas quickly while a coworker was clocking in and instead of setting price to $6.99, he erroneously made it 69 cents.
People went to the Shell gas station for several hours, buying up the cheap gas.
Jackson says Szczecina was given a notice of termination on Monday, June 13.
A GoFundMe page set up by Jackson to help Szczecina says the error caused the gas station to lose about $20,000. As of Thursday, June 16, more than $14,000 has been raised.
Szczecina’s family worries there is a possibility the man might be sued, so he is trying to repay the gas station for its losses.
The national average for a gallon of gas hit an all-time record last week at $5 per gallon. As of Thursday, AAA is reporting the average cost of regular unleaded gas is $5.009 for the U.S. and $4.857 for Virginia.