Oct 8, 2007

$1?

Three people were out for dinner and thier meal cost $10 each, they all gave the waitress a $10 note each which comes to $30. When the waitress took the $30 to the boss, he told her to return $5 to the three. On the way back, the waitress put $2 in her own pocket as she did not know how to split $5 between 3 people. She then gave the diners back $1 each.... Now because the diners got a $1 discount each off thier $10 meals that is a total of $27, plus $2 the waitress stole is $29. Where is the other dollar?

3 comments:

cameo said...

with the boss in the form of the original $25. i love things like this. isn't it so cool how numbers can do things like that? i love it!

Jenny said...

Dan had to write an equation and I had to draw diagrams to get it straight.

Stephen said...

There is a logical error in the premise. Nowhere is there a mention of a "$1 discount".

The statement ...because the diners got a $1 discount each off thier $10 meals that is a total of $27 has no bearing, because the total is not $27, the total amount paid is $25.

Thus, the total of $25, plus the $3 returned, plus the $2 stolen is equal to the original $30.

Thanks for the fun game!

The waitress, because she was new, (or a lazy and unprepared slacker) did not have the correct change.