RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — A Rancho Cordova gas station manager who accidentally set his pumps to just 69 cents a gallon is speaking out after being fired.
“Well, that was a mistake I made, you know,” former gas station manager John Szczecina said.
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Szczecina accidentally put a decimal in the wrong place and started selling gasoline at $6.99 for just 69 cents. It cost the gas station $16,000 and it cost Szczecina his job.
“And I thought, ‘this is a nightmare,'” Szczecina said. “I put all three prices on it except the diesel, but the last one didn’t work, you know, did it.”
People started posting the low price on social media and calling friends and family. Lines quickly formed to engulf him.
Szczecina was fired Monday after the decimal point debacle. Now, his family had opened a GoFundMe account for him in a bid to collect the $16,000 in revenue lost from the gas station and pay it back.
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They fear that in addition to being fired, he could be prosecuted.
Business lawyer Craig Simmermon says employees are protected from liability in cases like this where they make mistakes in the performance of their normal duties.
“The only way he would be liable outside of a written agreement is if he acted outside the scope of his employment,” Simmermon said. “For example, if his boss said ‘whatever you do, never price that gas pump’, then he did.”
The gas price glitch has turned into a gift for drivers and a farewell for a station manager who is now looking for a new job.
“So I took responsibility for it and said ‘yes, it’s my fault and I’m to blame,'” Szczecina said.
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Szczecina has already filled out 10 job applications over the weekend. He hopes he won’t be looking for work for long.