The Waiter

Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is \$15. They each contribute \$5. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognises the three as friends and asks the waiter to return \$5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the \$5 between the three he simply gives them \$1 each and pockets the remaining \$2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid \$4, the total paid is therefore \$12. Add the \$2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to \$14. Where has the other \$1 gone from the original \$15?

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