A California gas station ‘turned into a circus’ after a breakdown charged people just 69 cents a gallon at inflated prices

On June 9, 2022 in Houston, Texas, a gas pump can be seen at a Chevron gas station.  Gas prices are breaking record highs as demand increases and supply fails to keep up.  There are now over 10 states where the average price of gasoline is $5 a gallon or higher.

On June 9, 2022 in Houston, Texas, a gas pump can be seen at a Chevron gas station. Gas prices are breaking record highs as demand increases and supply fails to keep up. There are now over 10 states where the average price of gasoline is $5 a gallon or higher.Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images

  • People flocked to a California gas station where a power outage caused a major drop in prices.

  • Local news reported that gas cost only 69 cents a gallon for about three hours.

  • “I’ve never seen gasoline at this price in my life. Can you imagine?’ Darryl Surita told CBS 13.

People rushed to a local gas station in Rancho Cordova, California after a power outage sent prices down to 69 cents a gallon.

CBS 13 reported that the outage occurred at a Shell gas station on Thursday. When people found out, they informed their family and friends about the low price, with one person, Eddie Surita, describing the scene as “turning into a circus in minutes,” according to the outlet.

Darryl Surita, who posted the low price on his Instagram, told the news station that because of the mistake, he only paid $14 to fill his tank.

“I looked at the numbers and it was 69 cents a gallon,” he told the outlet. “So you know what I did, I pressed that button and it started pumping, and the dollar sign just stayed low.”

According to local news reports, the employees were not aware of the error for about three hours.

KTXL reported that the gas would be listed as $6.99, but the decimal point was in the wrong place. According to the outlet, gas prices in the city are nearly $7 a gallon. Nationally, gas prices are skyrocketing, with a gallon of gas costing $4.97.

“I’ve never seen gasoline at this price in my life, can you imagine?” Darryl Surita told CBS 13. “This is history here.”

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