Missing Dollar Riddle

After relating the story of the pizza ‘date’ with my coworker that despite her feminist tendancies had not problem making some of my money disappear, I present you a old riddle exactly about a missing dollar.

So three people check into a hotel room. The clerk says the bill is $30, so each person splits it 10$ each.

Later, the clerk feels bad for the 3 guys sharing the room, so he is only going to charge 25$. To rectify this, he gives the bellhop $5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room, the bellhop realizes that he cannot divide the money equally.  He has only dollar bills.

As the guests didn’t know the total of the revised bill, the bellhop decides to just give each guest $1 and keep $2 for himself.

He gives them all their dollar back,meaning each person paid 9$ total (10-1 for those of you lacking math comprehension)

So, the 3 people paid 9 each, and the bellhop has 2, 3×9 is 27 and bellhop has 2, for a total of 29.


Where did that damn dollar go?

Aww, don’t cry, but dont go looking up the answer on google!

For fun, dont just go look it up, try to figure it out.


9 thoughts on “Missing Dollar Riddle

  1. I love riddles, ever since I read The Hobbit in third grade…yay Gollum!

    Anyway, this riddle aims to confuse your addition/subtraction. I’ll admit, I had to reread it three times to get the answer, lol.

    $30 original bill – $5 refund = $25 revised bill

    The clerk keeps $25, the friends get $3, and the bellhop sneaks a $2 “tip”. $25 + $3 + $2 = $30.
    Thus, the dollar isn’t missing at all…it’s just tricksy, my precious.

  2. It’s just wrong, there’s no “trick” to it, just incorrectness.

    The guests paid 9 each.
    The bell hop did not pay 2, he received 2.
    They’ve added money paid to money received.
    That’s like adding the death rate to the birth rate to get the number of people.
    In this case: money paid = money received.
    ergo: 9 * 3 = 25 + 2
    27 = 27 is correct
    What this “riddle” does is this:
    9 * 3 + 2 = 29 is wrong
    The numbers either side of this equation don’t represent anything.

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