# Three people went to lunch and bought a large meal which they all split. The total cost, including t

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Three people went to lunch and bought a large meal which they all split. The total cost, including tip, was \$30. Each person paid \$10 to the waitress and started to leave the restaurant. As they left, the waitress came running up to them with five dollars saying that she made a mistake and that the meal and tip should have cost only \$25.

The waitress then gave each person one dollar, but didn't know how to split the remaining two dollars. They told her to keep the extra two dollars as an additional tip.

When the people started talking about what had just happened, they started getting confused. They had each paid \$10 for the meal and received one dollar back, so they each really paid \$9 for the meal for a total of \$27. Add the two dollars of extra tip and the total is \$29. Where did the extra one dollar go?

The missing dollar is not really missing. The cost of the meal is really \$27. The \$25 plus the extra two dollar tip was given to the waitress -- \$27

What we have is the cost (\$27) plus the refund (\$3) = \$30.

The \$30 that was originally paid is accounted for as follows:

Restaurant + regular waitress tip: \$25
Three people: \$3 (refund)
Waitress: \$2 (extra tip)
\$25 + \$3 + \$2 = \$30