# The Lost Change

I read this brain teaser in a magazine recently, and I found it very interesting. Good for a brain exercise on a Thursday morning, so I’m going to share it with you now.

Let me know if you have the answer. Enjoy!

Three aunties go to a nearby coffee shop. They order breakfast sets that cost them \$15. They each contribute \$5 when the waiter collects money from them.

The coffee shop owner, who is friends with the aunties, asks the waiter to return them \$5. In need of cash, the waiter decides to give them \$1 each and pockets the remaining \$2.

So, do you get the picture here? And now, the question comes…

If each of the auntie effectively paid \$4, their total amount would be \$12. Add the \$2 that the dishonest waiter pocketed and you have a total of \$14.

Where has the other \$1 gone from the original \$15?

Let’s think!

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## 2 thoughts on “The Lost Change”

1. Josy says:

auntie get back \$1 each x 3 = \$3

auntie paid \$4 each x 3 = \$12
Waiter pocketed \$2
Owner keep \$15 – \$5 = \$10

So there is no \$1 or money gone at all

Hope I dun confuse you further

1. Emily says:

Hi Josy,
You r right. That’s the correct answer.

The owner gets \$10 plus the \$2 pocketed by the waiter = total \$12
Three aunties paid \$4 each = total \$12

There is no missing \$1. 🙂