# Where did the extra dollar go?

3 Travelling salesmen, far from home, decide to get a room at a local hotel and split the costs. They ask the clerk "how much for a room?" The clerk tells them \$30. They each pull out \$10 and give it to the clerk. After a while, the clerk realizes that weekend rates apply, and the cost of the room is only \$25. He pulls 5 \$1 bills out of the till and heads off to their room. As he's walking, he remembers that there's 3 of them, and 5 won't break evenly between 3 salesmen. So the clerk pockets \$2, and gives them each \$1 back.

So, now each of the salesmen have paid (net) \$9 for the room. [Originally paid \$10, got one back from clerk]

9x3=27

Clerk pocketed \$2.

27+2=29?

Where's the extra dollar?

Relevance

Its with the Clerk

the payment was \$30

he took 5 \$1 bills

so

\$30 - \$5

so the payment total now is \$25

money the clerk have is \$5

he gave them each \$1 and pocketed \$2

so the total is still \$30

\$25 payment

\$2 clerk

\$3 each of the lodger

Lv 4
4 years ago

Where Is The Extra Dollar

The room was \$30

\$30 - \$5 = \$25

\$25 + \$3 = \$28

\$28 + \$2 = \$30

The money it's all there

• Offkey
Lv 7

9*3=27. We agree on that one.

27-2= 25! Instead of adding the £2, you're supposed to substract it because the clerck POCKETS the money.

the \$ is included in the 27 and the other 3 were given back

I'm glad I don't have to stay at that place.

If the clerk keeps \$2, what will he want next?

Maybe, your luggage when you leave the room.

I posted this very question under "mathmatics" myself exactly one week ago.

They were 3 friends, not salesmen. AND women at that! It started: "Figure this one out brains!"

No Fair.

• Anonymous

they gave the waitress a tip down at the pig stand