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?

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Taylor you are today’s winner!

You are right, this riddle has nonsense. Each guest paid $9 because they gave $30 and they were given back $3. The manager got $25 and the difference ($2) has the bellboy. So it is nonsense to add the $2 to the $27, since the bellboy kept the $2.

The bellboy essentially gave them too much…so the % of the total money didn’t adds up to more than 100%.

Put another way, if they’d paid equally for a $25. room, each would have paid $8.33333etc. The bellboy gives a dollar, which means they each contributed $9.33333etc. time 3= $27.999999 (essentially $28.)

Not easy to explain.

The manager kept the extra dollar!

There is no missing dollar. The hotel reduced their books by $5 to $25 when they noted the error. This makes the $30 no longer the amount in question. Simply put, the 27-2=25 makes good sense.

Riddle dude has the best riddles haha, since I couldn’t figure this one out I decided to just leave a money riddle that you can make a page on if you want, here it is and hope you love it: Hundred Dollar Bill