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Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 11:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man pulls up to a gas station and pumps his car full of almost $6 worth of gas, but is careful not to go over. He then goes inside the station and pays with a $20 bill. He goes to another station, pumps almost $6 again and pays with $10 in change from the last stop. He repeats the process several times at other stations. At the last station he uses the ATM to withdraw a couple more twenties, and leaves to his destination.
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 11:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Distance between stations relevant? Is his gas tank full after he has pumped for almost $6? Is there something wrong with the car? Is he doing some sort of experiment? Research? Would something bad happen if he pumped for $7? Is he trying to get around some sort of limitation? If so: physical? Financial? Legal? Spousal? Is a bet relevant?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 12:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Distance between stations relevant? no Is his gas tank full after he has pumped for almost $6? no Is there something wrong with the car? no Is he doing some sort of experiment? no Research? no Would something bad happen if he pumped for $7? yope. it'd be an inconvenience. Is he trying to get around some sort of limitation? no Is a bet relevant? no
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 12:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he pulling a scam? Is the $20 bill real?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 12:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the amount of change relevant? The number of bills? Whether he will get any coins? Is he in the US? Are they US dollars? Does it help to know which denominations exist of the bills? Or coins?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 12:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does he need a certain combination of bills? Is he trying to use up a certain number or type of bills? Is his gas tank large enough to take $20 worth of gas? Relevant? Price of gas relevant? Is he trying to leave a certain amount of gas in the tank at the end?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he pulling a scam? no Is the $20 bill real? yes

Is the amount of change relevant? yes The number of bills? yes Whether he will get any coins? no Is he in the US? yes, but if he were in Canada with Canadian dollars it wouldn't change anything or even if he was using Pounds or Euros in a proper country. Are they US dollars? yes but see before Does it help to know which denominations exist of the bills? yes Or coins? no

Does he need a certain combination of bills? no Is he trying to use up a certain number or type of bills? no Is his gas tank large enough to take $20 worth of gas? yes Relevant? not really Price of gas relevant? no Is he trying to leave a certain amount of gas in the tank at the end? no
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So...

Stop 1: Man pays with $20 bill, gets $14 in change, right? Does this consist of a $10 and four $1s?

Stop 2: Man pays with $10 in change from Stop 1, and gets $4 in change, right? Does he get four $1s back?

Does he use fresh 20s at other stations? In the end, does he spend any of his 1s? Is he trying to accumulate 1s?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Stop 1: Man pays with $20 bill, gets $14 in change, right? Does this consist of a $10 and four $1s? yes

Stop 2: Man pays with $10 in change from Stop 1, and gets $4 in change, right? Does he get four $1s back? yes

Does he use fresh 20s at other stations? yes In the end, does he spend any of his 1s? not at the gas stations Is he trying to accumulate 1s? yes
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he trying to accumulate twenty 1s? Relevant just how many 1s? Is he going to exchange the 1s for something later? Or does he need them to make change?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 2:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he trying to accumulate twenty 1s?no Relevant just how many 1s? Not really. He just needs a lot. Is he going to exchange the 1s for something later? yesish. Depends on what you mean by "something" Or does he need them to make change? no
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 3:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he going to buy something with the 1s? Exchange them for bigger bills?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 4:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he going to buy something with the 1s? no Exchange them for bigger bills? no
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 4:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he going to keep the 1s? Give them to someone else?
Beccaann (Beccaann)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 4:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he going to a strip club? Somewhere else where you usually tip with 1s?

Going to a poker game? Some other type of betting scenario?
(I used to play poker games that had 10 dollar buy ins...so many people would show up with 20s and 10s and then when we all tried to cash out we had no way of walking with 14 or 7, etc, so I always bought in with ones to help at the end of the night}
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 4:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm kind of amused that it was someone who appears to be female based on username who finally got it.

************ SPOILER ************

The man is going to a strip club. The club tend to be jerks about changing out bills for 1s and just insisting on buying drinks, so this is done beforehand to ensure there are plenty of 1s to use.

Yes, this is based on personal experience. : )

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