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09-16-2011, 04:58 PM
 Location: Victoria TX 42,661 posts, read 78,404,244 times Reputation: 36331

The men paid \$9 each for the room, = \$27.
They tendered \$30, and got \$3 in change. = \$27. All straight so far.
(Now, ignore the \$30, ignore the \$5. They're no longer in the equation.)
Of that \$27, he manager got the \$25 that he charged for the room. The bellboy got \$2.
That's \$27 out of pocket, all accounted for.
What extra dollar are you talking about?

Let's assume for a moment that the manager quoted \$25 in the first place, and handed the three men the \$5 change immediately. They consulted and said "Let's give the bellboy \$2." Now the manager has his \$25, the bellboy has his \$2, and the night's lodging cost the men \$25+\$2=\$27.

Last edited by jtur88; 09-16-2011 at 05:17 PM..

09-16-2011, 05:54 PM
 Location: Lincoln, CA 505 posts, read 1,548,393 times Reputation: 540
Can we adjust this riddle for inflation? I have a hard time grasping the idea of \$10 hotel rooms, but giving the bellboy a \$2 tip!

09-16-2011, 08:25 PM
 Location: Martinsville, NJ 6,162 posts, read 11,831,864 times Reputation: 3971
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 Originally Posted by daddiesgirl Can we adjust this riddle for inflation? I have a hard time grasping the idea of \$10 hotel rooms, but giving the bellboy a \$2 tip!
Just multiply everything by 10. That should be fairly accurate.

And remember, the bellboy wasn't tipped. He pocketed money that was supposed to go back to the customers. He's a thief.

09-16-2011, 08:58 PM
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 Originally Posted by jimhcom A riddle began back during the last depression that I have not heard for some time. I thought it would be fun to try it on some people who may not heard it. Three men check into a hotel. The manager charges each man \$10 for his room. After a while, the manager has second thoughts about the rate he had charged the men and decides to give them a refund. He calls the bellhop and gives him \$5 instructing him to return it to the customers. The bellhop had difficulty figuring how to divide \$5 by three people so he decided to give each of the men \$1 each and keep the other \$2 for himself. So now, after the refund, each customer has paid \$9 (3X\$9= \$27) The bell boy has kept \$2, \$27+\$2=\$29 Where is the missing \$1?
The manager kept it for himself.

09-16-2011, 09:45 PM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Bill Keegan The total is \$30, not \$35. Imagine the cash register was empty before these guys arrived with their \$30. The \$5 "contributed" by the owner is just a refund from the original \$30. Since each man got back a dollar, they have now paid \$9 each, for a total of \$27. That \$27 was divided between the owner, who got \$25, and the bellhop, who got \$2, and ought to be fired & prosecuted as a thief.
Naw. If he were a banker, it would have had a whole bunch of zeroes behind the "2" and he would have gotten a bail-out and a bonus, as well.

Best part in all this is Jim used the phrase, "the last depression," in the opening sentence, implying we are in another depression -- and none of the Happy-Talk-Only folks shouted him down.

09-18-2011, 08:38 AM
 Location: Here. 15,454 posts, read 14,016,181 times Reputation: 18080
This thread was better than watching Abbott and Costello!

Abbott And Costello 13 X 7 is 28 - YouTube

09-18-2011, 01:11 PM
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Come on Jim, what's the answer?

09-18-2011, 01:28 PM
 Location: Seattle 1,369 posts, read 3,048,616 times Reputation: 1496
Total rev = \$10 x 3 = \$30

Rebate of \$5 = \$30 - \$5 = \$25

Return one dollar to each of three customers reducing their outlay to \$9 each, \$9 x 3 = \$27

Bellhop retains remaining two dollars, rebalance the \$27 - \$2 = \$25 which equals the \$30 revenue minus the \$5 rebate.

No reason to be adding the \$2 onto \$27. Why would you do that? You can't subtract \$3 out of the \$5 rebate then add back on the remaining \$2...doesn't make sense.

09-18-2011, 01:32 PM
 Location: Martinsville, NJ 6,162 posts, read 11,831,864 times Reputation: 3971
Quote:
 Originally Posted by trishguard Come on Jim, what's the answer?
The answer was provided & discussed. Did you miss it?

09-18-2011, 01:36 PM
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First I'll tell you I am a dork when it comes to math. I mean I am bad, but this thread makes me feel so much better. Compared to many of you I am a math genius.
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