# The Missing Dollar

Author: Riddlemethis
7 years ago

Riddle: 3 men go into a motel. The man behind the desk said the room is \$30, so each man paid \$10 and went to the room. A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only \$25, so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with \$5. On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split \$5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man \$1 and kept the other \$2 for himself. This meant that the 3 men each paid \$9 for the room, which is a total of \$27, add the \$2 that the bellboy kept = \$29. Where is the other dollar?
Answer: The three men HAVE paid \$27. But the bellboy's \$2 are part of it. The hotel has \$25 of the men's dollars. The bellboy has the other two. That's \$27, and the three the men have make \$30. The riddle is confusing because it would add the bellboy's \$2 to the men's \$27. But the men don't HAVE \$27, nine each. They each PAID \$9 for a total of \$27, of which the hotel has \$25 and the bellboy has \$2. They HAVE \$1 each. Add that to the two the bellboy has, and the \$25 in the cash drawer (together the men's \$27), and you have accounted for all thirty. I came across this riddle elsewhere on riddles.com, but the answer given was "I don't know"! So I figured it out and posted it.
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Source: https://www.riddles.com/3005
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