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## Math Question

Several years ago three traveling salesmen needed a place to sleep.
They decided to share a room to save money. They went to the local hotel. The manager was out at the time but the bellboy said he thought the fee would be \$30.00 or \$10.00 each.
Later the manager returned and the bellboy told him what had happened. The manager said they were over charged and for the bellboy to take \$5.00 and split it among the three. On the way to the room he couldn’t decide how to split it so he gave each \$1.00
And kept \$2.00.
That made them paying \$9.00 each which 3 times \$9.00 is
\$27.00 and the \$ 2.00 he kept made \$29.00.
What happened to the other dollar?

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Originally Posted by wrbranscum
Several years ago three traveling salesmen needed a place to sleep.
They decided to share a room to save money. They went to the local hotel. The manager was out at the time but the bellboy said he thought the fee would be \$30.00 or \$10.00 each.
Later the manager returned and the bellboy told him what had happened. The manager said they were over charged and for the bellboy to take \$5.00 and split it among the three. On the way to the room he couldn’t decide how to split it so he gave each \$1.00
And kept \$2.00.
That made them paying \$9.00 each which 3 times \$9.00 is
\$27.00 and the \$ 2.00 he kept made \$29.00.
What happened to the other dollar?
They paid \$30

manager refunded \$5

this leaves \$25 the manager kept for the room.

They were each given back 1 dollar, so the room ends up costing them \$25, not \$27.

25 + 3 + 2 = 30

The bellboy kept \$2

There is no missing dollar.

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You would be surprised how many can't get the answer. And I mean people in jobs that require lots of math.

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Originally Posted by wrbranscum
You would be surprised how many can't get the answer. And I mean people in jobs that require lots of math.
That is because they can't deal with more than a couple of numbers at one time and they assume all of the information you are giving them is correct.

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