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## Chaotic Confusion

There are three men that each are on a business trip and decide that it would be cheaper to share a hotel room and split the cost. The room was \$30 so they each paid the lobbyist \$10 and then went up to their room.

The bus boy brought their bags up, handed them \$5 back, and said that their room was on special tonight for \$25, and the lobbyist forgot.

The three men decided that the easiest way to split up the \$5 between the three was to take a \$1 back each and give the extra \$2 to the bus boy for a tip. This means that each person paid \$9 each and with the three of them, that makes \$27.

Then if you add the two dollars for the bus boy's tip that should make \$29.

What happened to the extra dollar?

Hint: get out some play money and role-play the situation.

Solution Commentary: Build columns...what each man paid, who got what (e.g. bus boy, clerk). Discover how the problem is sleight-of-hand in the sense that its narration causes you to focus on something that basically does not exist.