Missing Dollar – aaspiringwriter

In this paradox no contradiction is actually taking place. There is no missing dollar. Adding $27 and $2 (to get $29) in the end is not required at all. The ladies paid $27 out of which $25 went to the restaurant and $2 went to the waiter. Actually we are supposed to subtract $2 from $27 and not add it to $27 . Adding $27 and $2 to get a $29 is just an additional calculation to confuse everyone.

Missing Dollar – theshiftyyman

There is no missing dollar in this equation. The ladies had already paid the bill of 30$ so they were -30$. The cashier then received the money which gave him +30$, which he then gave 5$ away so that left him +25$. The waiter was then +5$ and he gave the ladies all one dollar each which made them -27$. The waiter kept 2$ leaving him with a balance of +2$. If he would have returned the money the ladies would then have a balance of -25$. Therefore the cashier had his +25$ and the ladies were -25$, so there is no missing dollar.

Missing dollar — dragon570

There is no missing dollar at all in this situation because the writer tells the audience they paid $30, although the meal was only $25.00. Ergo, the $5.00 that the cashier returns to the waiter is split between the waiter and the three ladies. The waiter returns a $1.00 to each lady and stole $2.00 for himself. The three ladies didn’t put $9.00 each on the table because it’s impossible to pay  a $25.00 bill evenly among each other.

Missing Dollar — socrateslee13

There is no missing dollar within the paradox. This is proven because the author informs the audience they paid $30.00, however the meal was only $25.00. Therefore the $5.00 that the cashier returns to the waiter is split between the waiter and the three ladies. The waiter returns a $1.00 to each lady and stole $2.00 for himself. The three ladies didn’t pay $9.00 each because it’s impossible to evenly pay a $25.00 bill with the ladies paying $9.00 each.

Missing Dollar – thathawkman

There is no missing dollar. The easiest way to see that there is, in fact, no missing dollar is to track the money as it is given. After getting a $30 bill, each person (P1, P2, and P3) gives $10 to the waiter. Now the waiter has $30. The waiter then gives $25 to the cashier (C) and still has $5 (25+5=30). The waiter (W)decides to keep $2 dollars and give P1,P2, and P3 each a dollar. So (C + W+ P1 +P2+P3) = ($25 + $2+ $1 +$1 +$1) = $30.

The issue is that the next paragraph insists that each woman paid $9 each but that isn’t true. Since the bill is $25 and P1,P2, and P3 paid together, they all actually paid for the $25 bill with $5 extra. There is no way for 3 people to split $25 dollars evenly, as if they all pay $8 each it would total $24, so one person essentially paid a dollar extra. If P1 paid the dollar extra, then P1 + P2 + P3 + Extra = $9 + $8 + $8 + $5 = $30. So all of the money is accounted for.