The $27 *includes* the $2 the bellhop kept, you dont add in his $2 to make $29..
there is never really $29 in the equation.
In the end, the 3 men each paid $8 and 33.33333 cents each, to the hotel only!..they paid $10 at first, but then got $1 back..but that does NOT mean they paid a total of $27!
because the 3 mean ALSO "gave" $2 to the bellboy..
so each ALSO *gave 66.6666666666666 cents to the bellboy.
so lets see..each man gave 66.6666666666666 cents to the bellboy.
they were nice and just rounded it up to $2 even.
they each got $1 back from the hotel..
so really they only got a 33.33333333 cent refund each..not $1 each.
each man paid 8.3333333333333333333 dollars, total, to the hotel.
and each man tipped .6666666666666666666 dollars to the bellboy.
and each man got $1 back.
thats a total of 29.9999999999999999999999999999 dollars.
so the REAL question is, what happened to the 0.000000000000001 of a penny?!
in reality is very simple..
the men paid $30 originally.
the hotel took the $30, but then kept $25 and gave $5 back..
out of the $5 refund the men got 3 and the bellboy 2..
total of 30 dollars still there.
the question doesent work because it isnt asked correctly..
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