Former gas station manager tries to save GoFundMe money for “living expenses” because the company that fired him by mistake doesn’t want it.

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  • A gas station manager who raised money to pay off his former employer now wants to keep the money for “living expenses.”

  • John Shchechina is trying to withhold money from GoFundMe after the owners of the Shell gas station where he worked refused to accept it.

  • Szczecin was fired last week after he accidentally charged 69 cents for a gallon of premium gasoline.

A fired gas station manager in California who collected money to pay off his former employer due to a gas discount bug that cost him his job, now tries to keep the donated money for “living expenses” as the company rejected it.

John Szczecin was fired from his job as manager at a Shell gas station in Rancho Cordova, California last week after he accidentally charged 69 cents a gallon for premium gas instead of $6.99 – a mistake he called a mistake. . “Honestly a mistake.”

Due to an error, the station lost reported $20,000 in sales after motorists flocked here to take advantage of the low cost amid record high nationwide gas station prices.

Szczecin’s sister, Paula Jackson, launched GoFundMe to pay off the company that owns the station, raising over $24,000, but the owners said they didn’t want the money.

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Shchechina now wants to keep the money, but those who originally donated to the cause can still request a refund from GoFundMe.

“Originally, we created this GoFundMe with the intention of paying the gas company for all the funds raised,” Jackson said in an update posted on the GoFundMe page Tuesday. “Unfortunately, we tried to pay them, but they refused to pay and do not want to accept the funds that we have raised together.”

“Even though it was a mistake, John was fired last week and is doing everything he can to support his family,” the post reads. “The funds will now be used to cover living expenses, bills and support for John and his family during this difficult time.”

Jackson added, “Because this is different from why you originally donated, you can request a refund from GoFundMe.”

Those who want refunds will have until June 28 to submit their requests, the post said.

“After this date, all 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 complied with its requirements when it comes to redirecting funds by posting a “clear update” on the page to “inform donors” that donations will now be used for a different purpose.

“Because this is a change to the original fundraising purpose, donors may request a refund,” GoFundMe said.

New donations have been disabled on the GoFundMe page, which has $23,493 as of Thursday, indicating that at least some donors have already received refunds.

Meanwhile, a worker at the Shell gas station that Shchechina was fired from declined to comment to Insider on Thursday and instead directed questions to Shell’s corporate office.

A spokesman for Shell’s US division told Insider that the company had nothing to do with operations at the independent station where Shchechina worked.

“Like other major oil companies, our US fuel retail business Shell and its licensees supply quality motor fuel primarily to independent wholesalers and dealers who operate under the Shell brand and sell fuel under the Shell brand,” the spokesman said.

The spokesperson added: “Therefore, while the name on the sign reflects the brand of motor fuel sold on the premises, the convenience store and day-to-day operations at the facility, including pricing, hiring and firing, are the responsibility of the wholesaler, site owner and/or operator, who make their own operational decisions. “.

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