California gas station manager fired after setting gas price at 69 cents – NBC Bay Area

A Rancho Cordova man was recently fired after he mistakenly set gas prices well below the current standard price in California, SFGate reported.

Several customers visited a Shell gas station in the city on June 9 to find gas prices at just 69 cents per gallon.

John Szczecina, the former service manager at the time of the incident, accidentally put the decimal point in the wrong place while trying to set the correct price of $6.99 per gallon.

Szczecina’s mistake cost the gas station a total of $16,000.

A rapid rise in gasoline prices has continued over the past week and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon as the average cost in the Bay Area approaches $7 a gallon. reports Ciera Johnson.

The average Bay Area gas price on Monday ranged from $6.47 in Solano County to $6.68 in Marin County, according to AAA data. Of the region’s three major metropolitan areas, San Francisco had the highest average price at $6.64, while San Jose and Oakland were at $6.55.

Here are some tips to help you save money at the pump:

  • Use a gas finder app that locates stations with the lowest prices.
  • Pay with a gas credit card.
  • Plan trips in advance for the most efficient route; Google Maps and other travel apps can help.
  • Obey the speed limit and minimize idling time.

Lance B. Holton