- A former gas station manager lost his job after he mistakenly charged 69 cents a gallon for gas.
- The mistake cost the company $20,000, he said. His family raised over $24,000 to pay off the business.
- The company refused to accept the funds, saying the GoFundMe was misleading.
A petrol station manager who raised funds to repay his former employer after he mistakenly set a reduced price says the company refused to accept the money.
John Szczecina lost his job after charging 69 cents a gallon for premium gasoline 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.
To repay station owners, Szczecina’s sister started a GoFundMe, which raised more than $24,000.
“He doesn’t have to pay it back,” Jackson told The Washington Post. “But just the fact that he does it and wants to do it shows a lot of character, honesty and responsibility, and I’m really proud of him for that.”
Szczecina told ABC30 he fears being sued by the station’s owners. Business attorney Craig Simmermon told CBS Sacramento that Szczecina would be protected from liability for errors in the performance of 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 told CBS Sacramento. “For example, if his boss said ‘whatever you do, never price that gas pump’, then he did.”
The company that owns the station said in a letter to Szczecina that it “will not accept” funds raised by Szczecina’s family and friends.
“To be clear, at no time did the company tell you that it intended to ask you to pay to reimburse this company’s losses. Nor did the company intend to sue. legal action against you in relation to the incident of incorrect fuel pricing. The company does not want the money collected and will not accept it,” the letter reads, local news outlet KCRA3 reported.
The company also said in the letter that fundraising should be halted with money returned to donors.
“The Company believes that people who have donated to your GoFunMe fundraising campaign have been misled. The GoFundMe page should be shut down and people who have donated to you should have their money returned .”
The company also offered Szczecina to donate the money to two charities she supported.
GoFundMe told KCRA that funds should be refunded if not accepted by the company.
“If the gas station company (the ultimate recipient of the funds) declines the funds, we will ask the organizer to post a clear update to keep donors informed,” the outlet reported.