# A Little help with this riddle

liam (Liono) Chief Captain

OK I've seen this before and can't remember the answer at all and it's doing my head in. Here's the riddle

3 MEN GO INTO A MOTEL. THE MAN BEHIND THE DESK SAID THE ROOM IS \$30, SO EACH MAN PAID \$10 AND WENT TO THE ROOM. A WHILE LATER THE MAN BEHIND THE DESK REALIZED THE ROOM WAS ONLY \$25, SO HE SENT THE BELLBOY TO THE 3 GUYS' ROOM WITH \$5. ON THE WAY THE BELLBOY COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO SPLIT \$5 EVENLY BETWEEN 3 MEN, SO HE GAVE EACH MAN A \$1 AND KEPT THE OTHER \$2 FOR HIMSELF.

THIS MEANT THAT THE 3 MEN EACH PAID \$9 FOR THE ROOM, WHICH IS A TOTAL OF \$27, ADD THE \$2 THAT THE BELLBOY KEPT = \$29.

WHERE IS THE OTHER DOLLAR?

## 4 Responses

Greekman72 Chief Captain

You don't add the 2\$ to the 27\$, you have to subtract the 2\$ from the 27\$ dollars which makes it 25 dollars.

SO 25(room price)+2(bell boy)+3(change)=30 😉

liam (Liono) Chief Captain

Cheers GM,

As soon as I saw your answer it all came back to me.

CRJCapt Chief Captain

Years ago,I had someone at the kitchen table with pennies trying to figure out the workings of the riddle. 🙂 I love this one. The way that it's presented makes it seem that each man paid \$9 but they each paid \$8.333 (8.333 x 3 =24.999) \$25. That's after each gets their portion of the \$5 (\$1.666). 🙂 Hotel-\$25, rebate to 3 men-\$3, Bellboy-\$2 =\$30.
It's clever and makes you think.

Micah Captain

man, i always end up reading these posts when i am too tired to do so!!

Micah 😉

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