# The Missing Dollar

Three people check into a hotel room and each of them gets charged $10 – a total of$30. Later the clerk realizes that the bill is just $25, so he sends the bellboy to return$5 to the guests. On his way to the room, the bellboy decides to cheat and pockets $2 of the money, and gives the three men just one dollar each. Now the three men have spent$9 each, for a total of $27. Additionally, the bellboy took$2 for himself, which adds up to $27 +$2 = $29. Since the guests originally handed over$30, the question is what happened to the remaining $1? The calculation is made the wrong way. The three men originally gave$30, but later $5 of them were sent back, which makes it$30 – 5 = $25 left at the clerk. Each of the men spent$9, so they gave $27 in total,$2 of which ended up in the bellboy’s pocket. $27 –$2 = $25, so no “missing dollar” here. 3 x$9 – $2 =$30 – \$5.

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