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    three travelling salesmen book into a hotel for the evening. The hotel clerk advises the three men that a room for them would cost £30. Each salesman hands over £10. A couple of hours later, the clerk realises he has made a mistake as the room should only cost £25, and so hand the bellboy a £5 note and send him to the salesmen's room to return it to them.
    On the way, the bellboy is trying to work out how to divide the £5 note between the three salesmen... as he can think of no way to do this, he decides to pocket the £5 note and give each of the salesmen a £1 coin back and keep the remaining £2 for himself.

    This means the salesmen initially handed over £10 each (total £30)
    Having £1 each returned, they each then paid £9 (x3 salesmen = total £27)
    The bellboy only kept £2

    £27 + £2 = £29 ..... so where's the other quid????

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    The extra £1 has been lost by the hotels calculations.

    You cant divide £5 into thirds without fractions being left over. As the £5 returned cannot be divided into 3 people evenly this is where the mistake was made, regardless of what happened to the £5 afterwards.

    The hotel are not able to return the £5 correctly to all 3 people, so the full refund £10 each should have been given back.. and then recharge the room at £8.33 each, whereby the Hotel would lose £0.01 in the transaction.

    Also, why is the hotel renting a room for 3 adult males for £30? and then sending a Bell Boy in with £5 in his pocket? Sounds highly suspicious and should be reported immediately

    Its wrong on so many levels What a crappy hotel

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    A right golden oldie this one and I will confess it took be a wee while to work it out again.

    The final arithmetic is not "£27 + £2 = £29" it is "£27 - £2 = £25"

    Room cost to the salesman was £27.
    The bellboy took £2 leaving the hotel with £25

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    Well done Dave!.... but Spoons does have an excellent point with regards the the practises and policies at Hotel Multiman

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    Seems like there is some good money to be made there as a bellboy. Have you an address for the Hotel?
    Dave

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    And I was going to say VAT..........

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    whats VAT ???!!

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    Actually it is worked out as this....
    Room cost £25
    25 / 3 = 8.33 per person
    salesman gives the bellboy £5 to give back to the 3 guys, but he gives 1 quid to each and keep 2 for himself
    THEREFORE it is 8.33 + 1 = new total 9.33 per person

    Finally to calculate = 9.33 x 3 persons = 27.99
    PLUS bellboys 2 quid = 29.99
    Round that up and its £30

    Bobs your uncle

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