# 26 dollar tab riddle

Riddle: Three friends walked into a restaurant.
They ate food and had beverages worth $26. Each friend paid$ 10 making it a total of $30. The waiter came back with a change of 4 dollars. The friends asked the waiter to keep one dollar as a tip. The friends then divided the remaining$ 3 dollars among themselves.
Each got $1 dollar back. How much did each friend pay? Answer: The correct answer is$10 – $1 =$9.

Each friend paid $9 which makes it a total of$27.
The waiter took $1 dollar, which made it the 27th dollar and not the 28th dollar as written in the riddle. Each friend got back$1, so that adds up to a total of \$30.
The wordplay used in the riddle is only to confuse the person solving it.