## May 13, 2008

### The Missing Dollar Problem

Three friends went to a hotel. The bill was Rs \$75
Each one contributed \$25. The waiter took the bill to the cashier.
The cashier was happy & decided to give them a discount of
\$5 and asked the waiter to return them \$5.

Now the waiter was confused. How to distribute \$5 among 3
persons?

He kept \$2 in his pocket and gave \$1 to each one
of the 3 persons. So initially each one had contributed
\$25. Now as they are Given \$1 back, their contribution
reduces to \$24. They all contributed \$24. ie
24x3=72 and 2 dollors are in the waiters pocket.
The total becomes \$74. But they had paid \$75.
Where is the remaining \$1?

Secret SquÃ¯rrel said...

The puzzle is created by adding the wrong amounts together.

The customers initially paid 75 but now THINK that they have paid 72 with 3 returned to them. 72+3=75.

Alternatively, the customers have ACTUALLY paid a total of 70 with 3 returned to them and 2 in the waiter's pocket. 70+3+2=75.

Anonymous said...

bullshit

Anonymous said...

They paid 72.
2 are in the waiters pocket.
70 are in the till.