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Solve the Puzzle!

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posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 12:29 PM
Three ladies go to a restaurant for a meal.
They receive a bill for $30.
They each put $10 on the table, which the waiter collects and takes to the till.
The cashier informs the waiter that the bill should only have been for $25 and returns $5 to the waiter in $1 coins.
On the way back to the table the waiter realizes that he cannot divide the coins equally between the ladies.
As they didn’t know the total of the revised bill, he decides to put $2 in his own pocket and give each of the ladies $1.

Now that each lady has been given a dollar back, each of the ladies has paid $9.
Three times 9 is 27.
The waiter has $2 in his pocket.
Two plus 27 is $29. The ladies originally handed over $30.

Where is the missing dollar?

posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 01:33 PM
30 dollars - the original bill

- 25 dollars = the final bill
= 5 dollars

- 2 dollars for the waiter

= 3 dollars (one each for each of the ladies)


30 dollars original payment

- 3 dollars refunded to the ladies
27 dollars = the amount paid

- 25 dollars = the actual bill
2 dollars in waiters pocket

No lost dollar there, buddy. Only confused mathematical logic!

Nice one, though. Where did you find that?

[edit on 6/3/2006 by Mechanic 32]

posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 05:59 PM
Found it by accident actually!

Missing Dollar Paradox

posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 06:01 PM
Okay, so what do I win

posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 06:09 PM
You win....


[edit on 25-01-2004 by Gear]

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