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No ruling yet on Mundelein jewelry store refunds based on snow total

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Mundelein jewelry store owner Rich Bennett said Thursday he was still awaiting the answer to what could be a $151,000 question.

Did at least 3 inches of snow fall from midnight to noon Wednesday at O'Hare International Airport? That's the trigger for a promotion involving 224 customers who bought jewelry at P.K. Bennett Jewelers between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24 and would get refunds.

"I was expecting it this morning. They've expedited the claim," Bennett said of the insurance company that would handle the refunds.

The company hired its own expert, Murray and Trettel Inc.'s Weather Command, to review the evidence.

"They have their own set of instruments," and calculations, Bennett said.

He said he was frustrated with the delay and knows customers are anxious. Participants have been told it could take three to seven days for the results to be considered official.

"We're so excited it's gotten this far. I don't mind returning the phone calls and texts. It is exciting," Bennett said.

The National Weather Service said a trace of snow was reported at O'Hare between midnight and 6 a.m. Wednesday and that 0.7 inches fell between 6 a.m. and noon. The weather service said the three-day total at O'Hare as of Thursday afternoon was 9.2 inches.

There was no telling when the news might break but anyone with a window open in the Mundelein area likely will know when it does, Bennett joked.

He said the information will first be posted on the company's Facebook page.

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