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Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is Rs1500. They each contribute Rs500. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return Rs500 to the men. The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the Rs500 between the three he simply gives them Rs100 each and pockets the remaining Rs200 for himself. Now, each of the men effectively paid Rs400, the total paid is therefore Rs1200. Add the Rs200 in the waiters pocket and this comes to Rs1400.....Where has the other rs100 gone from the original rs1500?

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The actual amount paid by the three men here is Rs 1200 as each of them contributed Rs 400. Out of this money the chef has taken Rs 1000 and the waiter pocketed Rs 200. Thus the calculation matches.
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ha ha ha good one ! how to confuse good ! See you have added 1200+200 =1400 so in this way 100 is with owner of resto. Actually it is like this :-- all 3 actually paid 433.333 so owner got 1000 waiter 200 and 433.333 * 3 = 1300 You misinterpreted 400 it should be 433.33 per head
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Expenditure = Rs1000/- for the bill. The waiter took Rs200/- So total expenditure is Rs1200/- This is what is paid by the three friends i.e Rs 400 each/-. The paradox in the question can be solved by checking the last statement of adding 200 to 1200. The 'Rs1200/-' already includes the waiter's 200.
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It is very simple, the answer is in the question itself. The question is actually wrong, but put in such a way that it seems to be correct. The solution is when we contribute we add and when we take then subtract, old school formula. When friends contribute 400 each, 400+400+400=1200. Waiter takes...
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It is very simple, the answer is in the question itself. The question is actually wrong, but put in such a way that it seems to be correct. The solution is when we contribute we add and when we take then subtract, old school formula. When friends contribute 400 each, 400+400+400=1200. Waiter takes 200, 1200-200=1000, this 1000 is with chef. So 200 taken by waiter must not be added read less
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The point presented in a very clever way to mislead the viewer whereas the account tallied as the amount kept by the Chef is Rs. 1000/- and the amount taken by the waiter is Rs. 200/- i.e. total of Rs. 1200/- which tallied with the total amount spent by the three friend i.e Rs. 1200/-
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You can get the answer in a clear way by removing chef from the equation.
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Cleverly chef is also like waiter and he too pocket's Rs 100/- with him,resulting in a total sum of Rs 1500/-.....
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Dear doctor Harshad, Rs.400 x 3 = Rs.1200 comes on the RECEIPT SIDE. Where as Rs.1000 charged by the CHEF and Rs.200 pocketed by the WAITER comes on the EXPENSE SIDE. 1000 +200 =1200 ---- TOTAL EXPENSES 400 X 3 = 1200 --- TOTAL RECEIPTS I believe, you are satisfied with the answer. I...
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Dear doctor Harshad, Rs.400 x 3 = Rs.1200 comes on the RECEIPT SIDE. Where as Rs.1000 charged by the CHEF and Rs.200 pocketed by the WAITER comes on the EXPENSE SIDE. 1000 +200 =1200 ---- TOTAL EXPENSES 400 X 3 = 1200 --- TOTAL RECEIPTS I believe, you are satisfied with the answer. I know, you are kidding. RAJESH M. ASHER read less
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Your question is wrong in accounts there is always two side one side id debit and other is credit both should be equal. Expense and income are two different things. You can not club both together.
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To the waiters pocket
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