Supermarket Owner Says MidAmerican Energy’s Offer Comes Up Short

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Merlynn Linn didn't make it to 78-years-old without having to fight a little. And he's fighting again -- this time for his business.

We first told you about his plight last week. He says MidAmerican crews working on these transformers outside his store fried electrical equipment in his store like the compressors for his coolers and one of his cash registers. In all, Linn says he suffered about $30,000 in damage. That's enough to force him to close down the store he has owned for 60 years, he says.

We called MidAmerican Energy, and they agreed to re-open the case. Now, Linn tells us they offered him just $13,000, not enough to repair the damage or keep the doors open. "Yeah, they come out and they offered me a total that I didn`t think covered everything. And so MidAmerican Energy says, well, get some papers together and give us a call back and let's see what they can do."

Linn plans to do just that. Meanwhile, he says he`s amazed by the response he`s seen since our story first aired.  "Oh, tremendous," he said. "I`ve had people actually call from all over the country. I didn`t know that we had that many people that lived here in Highland Park move to California, Florida, Texas, and they heard about it and they all said they`re pulling for me."

He hopes to meet with MidAmerican again in the next few days. The sooner the better, he says. Every day his coolers aren`t working, Linn is losing money. But he believes he can reach an agreement with MidAmerican that will allow him to keep his doors open and continue doing what he loves -- serving his customers.

"I think that MidAmerican and I, I think we can get together and solve it. I feel that way right now. Maybe five days from now I won`t feel that way," Linn said.

A spokeswoman for MidAmerican does say the company is eager to help Mr. Linn, and the $13,000 is not a final offer. She says the company does not want Linn to have any out of pocket costs related to the incident. She says as Linn provides more receipts and estimates, that figure will likely be adjusted.


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