Math problem: Where did the $1 go? Read 1 comment The $1 is a red herring. The sum at the end is $30 – $3 ($1 each refund) = $27 $27 MINUS $2 (receptionist) = $25. Anyone who can’t see that is the kind of person who would play street card games and be surprised when they constantly lose. Leave a Reply Cancel replyCommentName Email Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.