California residents of Rancho Cordova were in for a nice surprise when they stopped off at a Shell station only to find gas cost a mere 69 cents per gallon. The current average price per gallon of gas in California is a whopping $6.434, so when drivers such as Darryl Surita of nearby Sacramento saw the low price tag, he took full advantage.
Surita posted a video filling his car to social media, captioning the post “We got to fight these gas prices some how 69 cents a gallon I am loving this!” Surita told Newsweek:
“I posted [this] on my Instagram and replied to anyone who messaged me. I called my mom and told her, and called my brother and told him too. I thought it was too good to be true until I checked the gas meter in the car and it was full, but I only spent 14 dollars. I filled my car up, left, came back with a second car, filled it up, then left again and came back with my cousin and filled up 150 gallons of a 500-gallon tank. The whole gas station was filled with cars and people with extra gas cans.”
Surita’s joy, along with those he had shared the good news with, came to an end after it was discovered that the station manager had accidentally left out a 9 when attempting to list the price at $6.99 per gallon for the unleaded gas.
The manager was fired for his mistake and is attempting to pay back the $16,000 lost revenue during the roughly three hour price blunder. Manager John Szczecina took full responsibility:
“I put all three prices on there, except the diesel. The last one kind of didn’t go. So, I just took responsibility for it and said yeah it’s my fault” he told ABC7. His family has created a GoFundMe page to raise enough money to pay the station owners back the $16,000 his error caused.
Just last month a gas station in Tennessee made a similar snafu, selling gas for only 45 cents per gallon for five hours.