Clever accounting??

3 business men have lunch in a cafe.

When they have finished, the waitress gives them the bill which totals exactly £30.00.(This cafe is not in London obviously!!)

They decide to split the bill equally so each pays the waitress £10.00

The waitress returns to the till and discovers that she has made a mistake! The bill should only have been £25.00!! So she decides to refund the £5.00 but thinks… “They didnt give me a tip so I will keep £2.00 for myself and return £3.00”.

This she does and gives each man £1.00 change.

But wait a minute! This means each man only paid £9.00.

3 X £9.00 = £27.00.

And the waitress kept £2.00 for herself.

£27.00 + £2.00 = £29.00


Now consider 3 business men in a £30 million deal… :slight_smile:

What £1.00 ?

Each person pays £9.00 (£10.00 - £1.00)
The waitress gets £2.00

The bill was £25.00

25 + 2 = 27.

I think your mistake, was that you needed to Subtract 2 from 27, not add it.

It all adds up correctly.

This is one of those trick questions that’s design to mislead you based on how they present it.

The trick is at the last part of the statement, where £27.00 + £2.00 = £29.00. The original bill was £25.00 + £2.00 tip. But the question says that it was £27.00 plus the additional £2.00 in tip.

Nice try, but posting a question like that in a forum where people solve problems for a living will not net any question marks. =)