A former gas station manager lost his job after accidentally asking for $0.69 a gallon in gasoline.
The mistake cost the company $20,000, he said. His family raised more than $24,000 to pay it back.
The company refused to accept the money, saying that GoFundMe was misleading.
A gas station manager who raised money to pay back his former employer, after accidentally introducing a discounted gas price, said the company has refused to accept the money.
John Szczecina Lost His Job After Charging $0.69 per gallon on premium gas at a Shell gas station in Rancho Cordova, California. The gas station reportedly lost $20,000 after hundreds of cars took advantage of the low price.
Until repay the station ownersSzczecina’s sister – Paula Jackson – started a GoFundMe that raised more than $24,000.
“He doesn’t have to pay it back,” Jackson said The Washington Post† “But just the fact that he’s doing it and willing to do it shows a lot of character, honesty and responsibility, and I’m really proud of him for that.”
Szczecina told ABC30 he was afraid he would be sued by the station owners. Craig Simmermon, a business attorney, said: CBS Sacramento that Szczecina would be protected from liability for an error made while performing his normal duties.
“The only way he would be responsible outside of a written agreement is if he acted outside the scope of his employment,” Simmermon told CBS Sacramento. “For example, if his boss said, ‘Whatever you do, never set the price of that gas pump,’ and then he did it.”
The company that owns the station said in a letter to Szczecina that they “will not accept” the money raised by Szczecina’s family and friends.
“To be clear, the company has never told you at any time that it intends to demand payment from you to recoup that company’s losses. The company also does not intend to take legal action against you in connection with the mispricing incident. does not want and will not accept the money raised,” the letter reads KCRA3 reported.
The company also said in the letter that the fundraiser should be stopped and the money returned to donors.
“The company believes that the people who have donated to your GoFundMe fundraiser have been misled. The GoFundMe page should be closed and the people who have donated to you should get their money back.”
The company also offered Szczecina an alternative to donate the money to two charities it supports.
GoFundMe told KCRA that the money would have to be refunded if it is not accepted by the company.
“If the gas station company (the ultimate recipient of the money) refuses the money, we will require the organizer to post a clear update to keep donors informed,” the point of sale reports.
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