The Missing $  

rm_texasgal1978 45F
287 posts
12/17/2005 9:09 pm

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The Missing $

Three friends check into a motel for the night and the clerk tells them the bill is $30, payable in advance. So, they each pay the clerk $10 and go to their room. A few minutes later, the clerk realizes he has made an error and overcharged the trio by $5. He asks the bellhop to return $5 to the 3 friends who had just checked in. The bellhop sees this as an opportunity to make $2 as he reasons that the three friends would have a tough time dividing $5 evenly among them; so he decides to tell them that the clerk made a mistake of only $3, giving a dollar back to each of the friends. He pockets the leftover $2 and goes home for the day! Now, each of the three friends gets a dollar back, thus they each paid $9 for the room which is a total of $27 for the night. We know the bellhop pocketed $2 and adding that to the $27, you get $29, not $30 which was originally spent. Where did the other dollar go????

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
12/18/2005 5:24 pm

the two dollars the bellhop pocketed is the difference between the 25 and 27, not the 27 and 30. {that's the three they got back.)


dasher121 36M

12/19/2005 5:04 am

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh, its too early to think! hahahaha

rm_texasgal1978 45F
225 posts
12/19/2005 5:33 pm

dasher.. don't hurt yourself thinking too early in the morning sweetie

rm_texasgal1978 45F
225 posts
12/19/2005 5:34 pm

tires.. I will let you know if you are right in a few days

JudeL5 46M
1550 posts
12/23/2005 7:51 pm

I agree with tires.... trick wording (on purpose or it wouldn't be a riddle)
But the room cost $25 (not $30). Each paid $9x3 = $27 with $2 GOING to the bell hop.... as a TIP!

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