# Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale

• Rahmuss
In summary, the conversation discusses a riddle about three friends who check into a motel and are overcharged by $5. The bellhop, who is asked to return the extra money, decides to keep$2 for himself. The conversation then explains how this leads to a discrepancy of $1, causing confusion about the total amount spent. Rahmuss I didn't see this one here. I took it from this site. It's a classic for those who haven't seen it yet. Three friends check into a motel for the night and the clerk tells them the bill is$30, payable in advance. So, they each pay the clerk $10 and go to their room. A few minutes later, the clerk realizes he has made an error and overcharged the trio by$5. He asks the bellhop to return $5 to the 3 friends who had just checked in. The bellhop sees this as an opportunity to make$2 as he reasons that the three friends would have a tough time dividing $5 evenly among them; so he decides to tell them that the clerk made a mistake of only$3, giving a dollar back to each of the friends. He pockets the leftover $2 and goes home for the day! Now, each of the three friends gets a dollar back, thus they each paid$9 for the room which is a total of $27 for the night. We know the bellhop pocketed$2 and adding that to the $27, you get$29, not $30 which was originally spent. Where did the other dollar go? This riddle purposefully confuses negative and positive quantities. Before the refund, the manager had$30, the friends $0, and the bellhop also$0: total $30. After the refund, the manager had$25, the friends $1 each, and the bellhop$2: total $30. The next-to-last sentence of the riddle makes use of the fact that the friends paid a net$9 each to imply that the manager had $27 after the refund, when in fact he only had$25.

- Warren

## What is "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" about?

"Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" is a classic story that follows the journey of two friends who find a dollar and try to figure out where the other dollar went.

## Who wrote "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale"?

"Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" was written by an unknown author and has been passed down as a traditional folktale.

## What is the moral of "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale"?

The moral of "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" is to always be honest and to not let greed get in the way of friendship.

## Why is "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" considered a classic?

"Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" is considered a classic because it has been told and retold for generations and has a timeless lesson that is still relevant today.

## Is "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" based on a true story?

No, "Where Did the Other Dollar Go? - A Classic Tale" is a fictional story that is meant to teach a lesson through its characters and events.

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