Clue to Riddle #28: Hotel Room, Bellboy and the Missing Dollar

28. 3 men go into a hotel. The man behind the desk says a room is $30 so each man pays $10 and goes 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 a $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?
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This puzzle is confusing rather than difficult. I found it useful to consider the following related puzzle.
3 men go into a hotel. The man behind the desk says a room is $3000 so each man pays $1000 and goes to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only $25 (he's that stupid,) so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with $2975. On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split $2975 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man a $991 and kept the other $2 for himself.
An exact parallel to the missing dollar question would now be:
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 $2971?
But hopefully now we have made the amount much bigger we can see where it went.


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