# Government Math (or) The Missing Dollar Puzzle

(even if you've heard this one before it's still a brain tickler. Where did that darn dollar go???)

Three traveling businessmen stop at a motel late one night. The clerk tells them he is sorry but there is only one room available. The men agree to share the room and split the cost of \$30 amongst them, each paying \$10.

After they've gotten the key and checked in the clerk realizes he's made a mistake - the room should have only cost \$25. He calls the bellhop, gives him \$5 and tells him to return it to the men.

On the way to the room the bellhop realizes that \$5 is hard to split 3 ways, the businessmen aren't even expecting a refund, and no one will ever be the wiser. So he pockets \$2, knocks on the door, and hands each of the men \$1 each.

So now, instead of having paid \$10 each, the businessmen have only paid \$9 each for the hotel room. \$9 times 3 = \$27, plus the \$2 the bellhop kept = \$29.

Where did the missing dollar go?

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I kept wanting to add the \$2 to the \$25 instead of subtracting it.
Good one.

### \$30 is a red herring

Price was \$27.

\$30-\$3=\$27

\$25+\$2=\$27

\$3+\$2=\$5

The men paid \$27

\$2 stolen from the \$27 = the \$25 price.

You can't reverse accounting.

But the Government can...:)

Sirric

### I love this

riddle, I gave to my kids for a math problem....they were not amused.

### Cruel to be kind...

I like it.

9-11 was a panda job.