Math Problem

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by steve4102, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    Minnesota
    Three guys traveling together stop at a hotel for the night.
    The room costs $30.

    They each chipped in $10

    After they settled into their room the hotel manager felt bad that the room only had 2 beds and a couch so he gave the bell-hop $5 and instructed him to give the 3 men this $5 refund.

    The bell-hop was a smart guy and he new that the 3 men could not divide 5 one dollar bills evenly, so he kept $2 and gave the 3 men each $1.

    OK, here is the problem.
    The room cost $30.
    With the refund each of the 3 men payed $9.
    $9 x 3= $27
    Bell hop kept $2
    $27 + $2 = $29

    Were the hell is the other DOLLAR??
     
  2. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    955
    Feb 10, 2010
    Ohio
    LOL!

    You don't work up with the $2 to $30 but work down to the $25.

    Sounds like it should be the other way when you suggest it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012

  3. Vladimir

    Vladimir New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Issaquah WA
    A great commentary on the world today. I started writing it out and said, screw it, I bet I can Google it :D.

    I know the answer :D.
     
  4. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Without looking it up, the room actually cost $28 ($30 -$2 bell hop = $28).

    Each guys share is $9.333...each now. ($9.33, $9.33, $9.34)

    Right?
     
  5. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    canada
    The room cost is 25 dollars .the bellhop keeps 2 bucks gives back 3 bucks
    25+2=27+3=30.it's simple when you don't over think it folks.
     
  6. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    955
    Feb 10, 2010
    Ohio
    No.

    Each man paid $10, then got $1 back; that is $9. $9 times 3 is &27.

    This is where they throw us for a loop.

    They got 3 bucks back, so you are subtracting the $3 from the $30 getting $27. The remaining $2 gets subtracted also, resulting in $25.
     
  7. Silencer

    Silencer Well-Known Member

    I was about to say that.

    People forget the three guys got back five dollars.
     
  8. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    986
    Jan 15, 2011
    ohio
    Uncle Sam kept the change.
     
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