The Waiter


Three men in a cafe order a meal, the total cost of which is $15. They each contribute $5. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return $5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the $5 between the three he simply gives them $1 each and pockets the remaining $2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid $4, the total paid is therefore $12. Add the $2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to $14…..where has the other $1 gone from the original $15?

SaintlyZero Pundit Asked on 19th September 2018 in Puzzles.
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    You shouldn’t add $2 to the $12 they paid, but subtract it from the $12.
    The originally the meal cost $15 but the owner lowered it to $10.
    They paid $12: $10 for the meal and $2 for the waiter

    CugelTheWise Expert Answered on 20th September 2018.
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