# 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?

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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