# Hotel Snafu

Three people check into a hotel. They pay \$30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is \$25 and gives the bellboy \$5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that \$5 would be difficult to split among three people so he pockets \$2 and gives \$1 to each person. Now each person paid \$10 and got back \$1. So they paid \$9 each, totaling \$27. The bellboy has another \$2, adding up to \$29.
Where is the remaining dollar?

### 4 guesses to Hotel Snafu

• Chris

wow its a good math trick but im pretty sure the bellboy has it but the math is weird i dont know for sure but ive heard this before

• (hint) Try writing it down on paper.

• Paul

There isn’t a remaining dollar. You don’t add the bellboy’s \$2 but subtract it from \$27 leaving \$25 which is in the cash register at the front desk.

• You’re exactly right, Paul.

It’s actually a misdirect. They paid nine dollars each, and got back a dollar each, adding up to thirty dollars.

You’re today’s winner.