# Bellboy Money Riddle

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?

### 6 guesses to Bellboy Money Riddle

• Cleverly worded to muddle the math. It doesn’t need to “add up” to \$30 anymore. Three people paid \$9 for a \$25 room (plus a secret \$2 tip to the bellboy). All dollars accounted for.

• 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.

• mshaw

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.

• Tuhok

The manager kept the extra dollar!

• Steve

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