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Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Some have probably already seen this and gotten the answer. Let's see if you guys can.
Three guests check into a hotel room. The clerk says the bill is $30, so each guest pays $10. Later the clerk realizes the bill should only be $25. To rectify this, he gives the bellhop $5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room, the bellhop realizes that he cannot divide the money equally. As the guests didn't know the total of the revised bill, the bellhop decides to just give each guest $1 and keep $2 for himself. Each guest got $1 back: so now each guest only paid $9; bringing the total paid to $27. The bellhop has $2. If the guests originally handed over $30, what happened to the remaining $1?
Originally posted by kudegras
Simple
$30 - $5 = $25
25/3 people = $8.333 each
$8.333 + $1 given back = $9.33
$9.333 x 3 = $27.99 9= $28 near enough
$28 + $2 kept = $30
Originally posted by darkoperative
Solution:
the problem states that "Each guest got $1 back: so now each guest only paid $9". That is not true, each guest paid $8.33, the rest was stolen from them.
total returned to guests = $3
total stolen from guests = $2
(rounded)
each guest paid $8.33 to hotel.
each guest had $1 returned to them
each guest had $0.67 stolen from them
total $30