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## Saturday, January 26, 2008

### The Motel Room

Three businessmen are in Cleveland for a convention. Since they are on a budget, they decide to share a room at a motel that charges \$30 per night (\$10 per man). The motel manager is in a good mood that night and decides to reimburse some of the money. He gives the bell boy \$5 and tells him to give it to the three men. However, the bell boy is dishonest and figures that you cannot divide \$5 evenly among three men, so he gives back \$1 to each man and keeps the other \$2 for himself.

Now, the businessmen have each paid \$9 for the room, or \$27 all together, and the bell boy has \$2, for a total of \$29.

What happened to the other \$1?

Bon said...

The manager reimbursed \$5, making the room total \$25 not \$30.

The men paid \$9 each, \$27 in total. That's \$25 for the room and \$2 for the bell boy.

CT said...

You're right.

The problem is that: the sentence "the bell boy has \$2" does not mean the bell boy pay \$2 for rent.
It should be subtract by 2, instead of plus by 2.