California gas station mistakenly sold fuel for $0.69 a gallon

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In April, a gas station in Chattanooga, Tennessee accidentally sold fuel at 45 cents a gallon. I honestly thought this would be a rare oddity and it would happen again, especially as gas prices in the United States hit all-time highs. However, a Northern California gas station made the same mistake earlier this week.

A Shell gas station in Rancho Cordova, California sold gasoline at 69 cents a gallon. Pleasant! As in Tennessee, the pricing error was caused by a misplaced decimal point. The expected price was $6.99 per gallon. Several customers and residents shared the malfunction on social networks. Most notably, Darryl Surita of nearby Sacramento shared a video of himself filling up his car on Instagram. He captioned the post, “We gotta fight these gas prices, how 69 cents a gallon, I love that!” Surita said Newsweek:

“I post [this] on my Instagram and replied to everyone who messaged me. I called my mom and told her, and I called my brother and told him too. I thought it was too good to be true until I checked the car’s gas meter and it was full, but I only spent $14. I filled up my car, I left, I came back with a second car, I filled it up, then I left and I came back with my cousin and I filled 150 gallons from a 500 gallon tank . The whole gas station was filled with cars and people with extra gas cans.

It took three hours for station management to resolve the error. Currently, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California is $6,434. The cost of gas nationwide is only expected to rise over the summer, but at least a few people have gotten some relief to fill up.

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