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ShotGunGirl 3 years ago Math Riddle for people who are up to challenge O.o: 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, gi

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1. Kaitlyn_The_Math_wiz

wheres the rest of the question?lol

2. ShotGunGirl

Let me post it. I'm such a dunce some times :(

3. Kaitlyn_The_Math_wiz

lol its cool :)

4. ShotGunGirl

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????

5. ShotGunGirl

Ther we go<3

6. Kaitlyn_The_Math_wiz

woah idk lol ive seen this question before.. but forgot the answer :p

7. sriramkumar

hey... if three friends were given back 5\$ then the total wud goto 25\$ and the bellhope takes 2\$ the reamin is 3\$ given to them and get 25+3\$=28\$ na???? then the 2\$ get balanced..... for 30\$ paid!!!!!!!!!!1

8. amistre64

the riddle is not keeping track of the cash flow correctly.

9. JohnMartin

Exactly - The \$30 isn't the point once the motel has given \$5 back. The friends pay \$27. \$25 of this is in the motels till and \$2 in the bellhops pocket!

10. amistre64

Rooms = 25 Guys paid = 27 ---------------- -2 bell hop = 2 ----- 0 all cash accounted for

11. ShotGunGirl

The facts in this riddle are clear: There is an initial \$30 charge. It should have been \$25, so \$5 must be returned and accounted for. \$3 is given to the 3 friends, \$2 is kept by the bellhop - there you have the \$5. The trick to this riddle is that the addition and subtraction are done at the wrong times to misdirect your thinking - and quite successfully for most. Each of the 3 friends did indeed pay \$9, not \$10, and as far as the friends are concerned, they paid \$27 for the night. But we know that the clerk will tell us that they were charged only \$25 and when you add the \$3 returned with the \$2 kept by the bellhop, you come up with \$30. <<<Answer<3

12. ShotGunGirl

LEAVEME ALONE!

13. amistre64

^^^^^ Please refrain from posting absurd replies ....

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