# The Missing Dollar Riddle - 3 Men in a Restaurant

This is one of the most puzzling riddles in history. Even when you know the answer, it still leaves you feeling a little confused.

The story goes like this ...

## The Missing Dollar ...

Three men went to have lunch in a restaurant. They ordered their meal, and the total charge came to \$30. Each man paid \$10.

However, the restaurant manager realised that he had overcharged them by \$5, so he asked the waiter to return the \$5 to them.

Unfortunately, the waiter was dishonest, and thinking that \$5 could not be divided by three, he pocketed \$2 and gave each man just \$1 back.

Therefore, the men actually paid \$9 each, or a total of \$27 for the meal.

Add to that the \$2 that the waiter kept, and that totals \$29.

So ........ what happened to the missing dollar?

## Answer Below ... Don't Peek!!

The cost of the meal was \$30 less \$5 = \$25. The three men paid a total of \$27 (3 x \$9) ... \$25 for the meal and \$2 for the waiter. The confusion comes from mistakenly adding \$27 and \$2 and getting the meaningless figure of \$29.

Still confused? You are not alone!

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Kenny Wordsmith 9 years ago from Chennai

Ah, this I know already, but thanks for posting such stuff!

Kandaswamy 8 years ago

good work...

kitteekat 3 years ago

there is no missing dollar \$25 for the meal \$1 per man =\$3 plus \$2 waitress kept = \$30