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    Maybe someone can figure this one out

    hmm i was unsure whether or not to post this in humour or general chit chat, but seeing as though it isn't funny i posted it here. It's like a sort of brain storm thing, but it is really confusing! I wonder if any of your maths people can figure it out! Ok here's the situation:

    3 businessmen are on a business trip together. After getting to their hotel they decide to just rent one room to curb costs since they're paying out of their own pockets.

    They get a large room so the 3 of them can sleep on their own beds. The total comes to $30 for the room. Each man pays $10 and go up to their room. The cashier suddenly realizes there is a special discount for business stays, and the total bill should have only been $25.

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    The cashier gives a bell hop $5 and tells him to go up to their room and give them their refund. The bell hop, on his way up, realizes he doesn't want to split $5 three ways, so he pockets $2. When he gets up to the room, he tells the men there was a refund and hands each of them a dollar.

    So each businessman has paid $10, and got $1 back, effectively paying $9 each. $9 each makes $27, plus the $2 that the bell hop has makes $29, so where's the extra dollar?
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    Yeah, yeah, yeah... Three of them at $9 each is $27, less the $2 the bellhop pocketed give you the $25 the cashier charged.

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    Or another way... $25 the cashier charged plus $2 the bellhop stole... $27... divided by three is $9, plus the dollar refund is $10.

    Plenty of ways round it, but you have to take it all in the same direction.

    $9 each they paid - including the bellhop's pocketed $2 - that's $27. Plus the $3 refund equals $30.

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