March 17, 2005

So who thinks they're smart?

This is an oldie but goodie...

Three people went into a Quad City restaurant and had a nice meal. The bill came to $30.00, and they decided to just split the bill evenly. They each gave $10.00 to the waiter and he took the money to the cashier.
But the cashier noticed that they'd been overcharged. The bill should have been $25.00. So she gave the waiter five $1.00 bills and told him to return the money to the diners.
But the waiter was a crook, and he stuck two of the bills in his pocket and gave the diners back three bucks.
So each of the three diners had paid $9.00 for the meal, which comes to $27.00. Add the two dollars that the waiter pocketed, and that comes to $29.00.
Where's the missing dollar?

5 Comments:

At 3/17/2005 1:46 PM, Blogger bygump said...

I am not a smart man BUT
Look at this as if the 3 were charged correctly.
The room costs $25 or $8.33 per person.
They paid $30 or $10 each and then got $1 dollar back (for a net of $9 each). The difference between what the room costs($25) and what each paid (3 x $9 = $27) is $2. The bellboy kept this. There is no extra dollar.

 
At 3/17/2005 2:46 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The room didn't cost anything.. if that's what you're supposing.

But methinks you've got it.

 
At 3/17/2005 4:15 PM, Blogger bygump said...

I got shot in the buttox and forgot we was talkin about meals. Sorry is as sorry does Dope.

 
At 3/17/2005 4:23 PM, Anonymous Fly said...

Yup, they paid $9 each which totals $27 - $25 that's with the cashier plus $2 in the waiter's pocket.

It's the way the problem is stated at the end that misleads. When it says each diner paid $9 that includes what the waiter kept. So it makes no sense at all to add the two dollars a second time.

The final paragraph should really read: "So each of the diners had paid $9.00 for the meal, which comes to $27.00. Substract the two dollars that the waiter pocketed, and that comes to $25.00 which is exactly what the cashier has for the cost of the meal.

 
At 3/17/2005 5:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Fly nails it!! (with a big honorable mention to ByGump!)

(and he's got a fine blog on Davenport matters, Daily Davenport Politics, check it out in the blog list on the right)

 

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