Former gas station manager now wants GoFundMe money for his ‘living expenses’

  • The petrol station manager who raised funds to reimburse his former employer now wants to keep the money for ‘living expenses’.
  • John Szczecina is trying to keep money from a GoFundMe after the owners of the Shell gas station he worked at refused to accept it.
  • Szczecina was fired last week after accidentally charging 69 cents a gallon for premium gasoline.

The fired California gas station manager who raised money to reimburse his former employer for a gas price mistake that cost him his job is now trying to keep the money donated for ‘living expenses‘ since the company turned it down.

John Szczecina was fired from his job as manager at a Shell gas station in Rancho Cordova, Calif., last week after he accidentally charged 69 cents per gallon for premium gasoline instead of $6.99 – a mistake that he described as a “unintentional error.”

The blunder caused the station to lose a reported $20,000 in sales after motorists flocked there to take advantage of the low cost amid record prices at the pump nationwide.

Szczecina’s sister, Paula Jackson, launched a GoFundMe to repay the company that owns the station, raising more than $24,000, but the owners said they didn’t want the money.

Now Szczecina wants to keep the money for himself, but those who originally donated to the cause can still request a refund from GoFundMe.

“We originally created this GoFundMe with the intention of paying the gas company with all funds raised,” Jackson said in an update posted Tuesday on the GoFundMe page. “Unfortunately we tried to pay them but they refused to pay and don’t want to accept the funds we collectively raised.”

“Despite it being a mistake, John was still fired last week and is doing his best to support his family,” the update read. “The funds will now be used to cover living expenses, bills and to help support John and his family during this difficult time.”

Jackson added, “Since this differs from the reason you originally donated, you can request a refund from GoFundMe.”

Those seeking refunds will need to submit their requests by June 28, according to the update.

“After that date, any remaining donations will be transferred to John – and used to support his family during this unfortunate time,” Jackson said.

GoFundMe told Insider on Thursday that the fundraiser has met its fundraising requirements by posting a “clear update” to the page to “keep donors informed” that donations will now be made. used for another cause.

“Since this is a change from the original fundraising goal, donors have the option to request a refund,” GoFundMe said.

New donations were disabled on the GoFundMe page, which had $23,493 in funds on Thursday, indicating that at least some donors have already secured refunds.

Meanwhile, an employee at the Shell gas station from which Szczecina was fired declined to comment to Insider on Thursday and instead referred questions to Shell headquarters.

A spokesperson for Shell’s US division told Insider that the company had nothing to do with the operations of the independent station where Szczecina worked.

“Similar to other major oil companies, our US Shell retail fuels business and its licensees supply quality fuels primarily to independent wholesalers and resellers, who operate under the Shell brand and sell branded fuels. Shell,” the spokesperson said.

The representative added: “So while the name on the sign reflects the brand of fuel sold on site, the convenience store and day-to-day operations of the site, including pricing, hiring and termination, are the responsibility of the wholesaler, site owner and/or operator who make their own operating decisions.”

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