- 04 Apr '05 10:04 / 1 editI’ve thought about this and I cant figure it out…am I being thick?

3 men in café, have food, bill comes to £30 so they give waiter £10 each.

Apparently waiter got bill wrong - it should have been £25. So manager gives him £5 to take back to men.

He decides to pocket £2 and give them each £1 back (because they won't know).

How much therefore did each man pay? (£9 surely….£10 - £1 back?)

3 x 9 = 27

Plus £2 in waiter’s pocket = £29!

Where did other £1 go?

Edit: appalling grammar! - 04 Apr '05 10:45 / 1 edit

If this is a two-part question then the first part is easy.*Originally posted by kw72uk***I’ve thought about this and I cant figure it out…am I being thick?**

3 men in café, have food, bill comes to £30 so they give waiter £10 each.

Apparently waiter got bill wrong - it should have been £25. So manager gives him £5 to take bac ...[text shortened]... ocket = £29!

Where did other £1 go?

Edit: appalling grammar!

As for the secnd part, there is*no*missing pound.

You are wrongly assuming that 27 + 2 should equal 30.

$27 has been paid out.

The cafe has $25 and the waiter has $2.

End of story.

Let the 3 men pay 3x

Let the overcharge be y

Let y be of the form 3n + k where k is the amount that the waiter keeps

The waiter gives back 3n to the men so that they have now paid 3x - 3n in total

The problem says that 3x - 3n + k should equal 3x

This is only true when k = 3n

But in your problem k = 2 and 3n = 3

. - 04 Apr '05 10:50

Well for one thing the men paid a total of 27 /30 paid 3 returned/*Originally posted by kw72uk***I’ve thought about this and I cant figure it out…am I being thick?**

3 men in café, have food, bill comes to £30 so they give waiter £10 each.

Apparently waiter got bill wrong - it should have been £25. So manager gives him £5 to take back to men.

He decides to pocket £2 and give them each £1 back (because they won't know).

How much therefore did each ...[text shortened]... 9 = 27

Plus £2 in waiter’s pocket = £29!

Where did other £1 go?

Edit: appalling grammar!

(the bill was 25 and the waiter kept 2 so 25+2 = 27)

Now to look at it the other way around each paid 9 or 27 paid total,minus 2 taken by the waiter equals 25 = the bill.

So there is really nothing missing. - 04 Apr '05 11:20

I think I already knew the answer to the first part.....I am indeed thick!!*Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER***If this is a two-part question then the first part is easy.**

As for the secnd part, there is*no*missing pound.

You are wrongly assuming that 27 + 2 should equal 30.

$27 has been paid out.

The cafe has $25 and the waiter has $2.

End of story.

Let the 3 men pay 3x

Let the overcharge be y

Let y be of the form 3n + k where k is th ...[text shortened]... 3n + k should equal 3x

This is only true when k = 3n

But in your problem k = 2 and 3n = 3

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