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Sir Loin

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Math Pop Quiz.

Three sailors go into a hotel to get a room and ask how much for the 3 of them for the night?
The innkeeper says $10 each, so the sailors give him 30 dollars and go to the room.

The innkeeper thinking he should have given them a discount calls the bellhop over and says: Here is $5, go up to the 3 sailor’s room and give it back to them.

On the way up the bellhop could not figure out how to divide $5 between 3 sailors, so he put $2 in his pocket and gave each sailor one dollar back.

How much did each sailor pay for the room. A. $9
How many sailors were there? A.3
How much did the bellhop put in his pocket? A $2

So $9 x 3 = $27 and the bellhop put $2 in his pocket which makes $29
What happened to the other $1 to make the total of $30???????????
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But the question was:
What happened to the other $1 to make the total of $30???????????
 

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Sir Loin said:
But the question was:
What happened to the other $1 to make the total of $30???????????

There is no extra dollar. The bellboy is a thief... let's string him up.

The statement the sailors paid 9 dollars is true but misleading.

The sailors originally paid 30 or 10 each... when the price was reduced to 25 the sailors paid $8.33 each plus 1/3 each for the $2 the bellboy stole or 8.33+0.67=9 each... plus 1 dollar returned to each sailor thus accounting for all 30.

Cowpuncher's explanation is the most efficient and spot on.
 

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OK This is another one of those questions you may find on an employment test.
It will be written as a multiple choice question with your choices as follows:

Q. What happened to the other $1 to make the total of $30?

A. The innkeeper has it
B. The bellhop has it
C. The sailors have it


The correct answer is: C. The sailors have it

And yes, this is a trick question because of the way it is worded. The question itself is misleading.
SL
 

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