Here's another riddle for you...

@hezoid (2147)
April 26, 2007 3:01pm CST
3 kids have a meal in a restaurant which costs them £15 in total, ie £5 each. The waiter takes the money to the manager who says "hey, i'm feeling nice, let the kids have their mean for only £10." The waiter takes the £5 back to the table, but thinks "hey, i could pocket some of this!" so puts £2 in to his pocket. The wait then gives each of the three kids £1 back. The children have ended up spending £12 between them (£5 each minus the £1 each they got refunded)...but hang on, where did the other £1 go if the waiter has £2 but the meal origionally cost £15? (If you can work out the answer you'll get 'best response', but this is the kind of puzzle that should have you all discussing for a while!).
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5 responses
• United States
26 Apr 07
If the meal originally cost them $15, and the final cost was $10, the waiter kept $2 and gave each of the 3 boys $1 back per boy. That adds up to the original $15.
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@ripley84 (34)
• Philippines
2 May 07
the £15 is no longer relevant. after the £1 was returned each, you only need to look at (5-1)*4 which is 12, and the £2 pocketed by the waiter, so the total is 12+2 = 14.
@Melody1 (968)
• India
2 May 07
Hey it's straight and simple.Without getting confused,you yourself have mentioned that they ended up spending 12 bucks,out of which 2 went in the waiter's pocket.The rest three are with them out of the fifteen they spent.So the one dollar didn't go anywhere.
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• Sri Lanka
2 May 07
This is a case where the reader is misguided by taking him on an irrelavant path and finally confusing him. In plain basic the children paid the waiter $12 for the meal. The Manager is not aware of this and being happy, he took only $10 from this payment. So the balance $2 was pocketed out by the waiter. An amount of $15 was never involved here.
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@sharnad (38)
3 May 07
easy £5 each total £15 meal cost £10 - £2 to waiter and £1 to each child