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 fbeing the greedy bastard he is, 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 to buy a cheap bottle of rot gut with his new found fortune.
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.
(3 X 9= 27)
We know the bellhop pocketed $2 and adding that to the $27, you get $29, not $30
(27 + 2 = 29)
which was originally spent.
Where did the other dollar go?
Because im a bastard Im not posting the answer, this question bothered me for a long time, and really I suck at math, its been fucking years since I heard it and once in a while it pops up in my head and fucks with me, I finally found someone who knew the damned answer. Ill post the answer in a day or twof, but first I wondered if anyone could figure it out on thier own, if so feel free to make fun of me for fnot knowing it for so long. </font color>

Why math is a pain in the ass
Let's agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.

They did not each pay $9 for the room, they paid (25/3) each for their room
The bill is only $25, not $27 as the riddle assumes in the end.
Basically the riddle fucks up when it says they pay $9 for each room, which is false. The bill ended up being only $25 so they each paid for thta, and they got $3 from the rest of the $5 back and the thief stole the other 2
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Thats not a thief, thats a entrepreneur
Let's agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.

The money belonged to the 3 guys right?
And he only gave them 3 out of the 5 and kept the $2, right?
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OMG I think I got it. And I'm currently failing algebra 2. Haha....Okay if you subtract the $5 from the orignal $30 you get $25. Add the $2 dollars the bellhop took then you get $27. Then add the last $3 the friends got back.
305=25
25+2=27
27+3=30"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

Wow you're failing Algebra 2 (COOL!) and STILL figured it out? You must be a genius.
Does anyone but me realize if you can add/subtract (1st grade math?) that you can solve this?Still searching ...

Okay if you subtract the $5 from the orignal $30 you get $25. Add the $2 dollars the bellhop took then you get $28. Then add the last $3 the friends got back.
you got that a lil mismatched there honey "Okay if you subtract the $5 from the orignal $30 you get $25. Add the $2 dollars the bellhop took then you get $27 Then add the last $3 the friends got back.When pigs mate, is it called Shake 'n' Bacon? or Porking the other white meat?

you just said practically the same thing.
"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

It is practically the asme thing, except for the addition error a person in high school (=you) made. It's ok though.
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"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

ya i know my quote thingy doesnt work i was just informing you that you typoed a few numbers
When pigs mate, is it called Shake 'n' Bacon? or Porking the other white meat?

I'm not being an ass, just telling the truth.. or is that a no no on these boards these days?
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oh just explained it different than the equations.
"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

ok sure i couldve wrote it better still but, hmm?just explained what different than the equations?
When pigs mate, is it called Shake 'n' Bacon? or Porking the other white meat?

Well you didn't need to make that comment about it being 1st grade math and saying I must be a genius for figuring it out. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. I actually had a B last quarter in algebra my teacher only based the progress reports on one grade. So everyone is "failing".
"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

You did fine..! People need to stop putting people down..
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

I the 2 and the 3 don't match up they are switched around. If you you still don't get what I mean read the written explanation and follow the equations as you go. They're mixed up but still add up to the same thing.
"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

Ok.
If the bell hop gave back 3 dollars to the men, that means that they only spent $28 dollars, because 305=25+3=28 (plus the 2 for the pocket of the bell hop) =30.
The riddle is just suppose to screw you up by giving false info. and using math against us, in a way.
I hope I am right or close...
(I just looked at what other people said, I didn't cheat.) 
The first one was definately directed at me. When your pissed you jump to conclusions.
"Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie."Friends

Thank you, at least one person knows what it means when you write something on a seperate line.
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ya that was a bit dickish,and sorry but to me that adds up to 31,if they paid thirty and were to get 5 back that would mean 25,so if the bellhop pocketed 2 that would make it 27 and then 30 with the 3 he gave them
When pigs mate, is it called Shake 'n' Bacon? or Porking the other white meat?