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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wrbranscum View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by wrbranscum View Post
    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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