Daisy Bateman

A Word Problem For You, The Reader

Over the last two days I have had three restaurant meals for which the bill, with tax, ended up being a round number. In none of the cases was the pre-tax bill a round number, and for all the tax was five percent. Question: is this the natural result of this tax rate, or is someone messing with me? I’d do the math myself, but I’m on vacation.

1 thought on “A Word Problem For You, The Reader”

  1. They’re messing with you. More specifically, it’s easier to calculate a tip if the bill is an even number of dollars.


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