Originally posted by Asher123
it went nowhere!
and eat away....the bill comes out to $30 so they each put down $10. The waiter takes the $30 to the cashier. The cashier decides to knock $5 off the price cause they're soldiers. so he tells the waiter. The waiter gives each soldier $1 back and pockets the rest.
each soldier paid $9. Times three soldiers. $9x3=$27. Plus the $2 the waiter pocketed $27+$2=$29
and here's the question - where did one dollar go?
this is an ancient puzzle usually involving three people in a hotel room.
the problem is that you're bollixing the operations here.
while it seems as if each soldier pays $9, you can't set up the problem that way.
the only way to look at this is:
original bill = $30
refund = $5
waiter keeps $2 so bill is $27.
all money is accounted for!