# Math Puzzle : A Lady steals $100 worth of groceries

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It has to be $130

You’re forgetting that the store owner paid $70 for the merchandise that the thief eventually purchased, so he started out at -$70 before the thief even set foot in the store. Then the thief stole $100. Now the store owner is out -$170. Then the thief buys $70 worth of merchandise. Now the store owner is out -$100. Then the store owner gives the thief $30 in change. Now the store owner is now out $130.

Regardless, this is open-ended Facebook click-bait, with too many details missing and designed to garner as much opinion as possible.

If the store owner payed $70 for the groceries, then he deserves to be robbed. No one goes into business to even out.

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Dude, University of Phoenix didnt do you any favors. Lol

“Then the thief buys $70 worth of merchandise. Now the store owner is out -$100. Then the store owner gives the thief $30 in change”. False. The store doesn’t give 30$ back if you say that the thief gives him 70$. The store gives nothing back if he receives 70$

The thief pays $70 with the STOLEN $100 bill. Therefore the thief is given $30 in change… Omg did you even read it.

LOL It’s not clickbait, and all the necessary information is there to “solve” the problem. I think it comes down to the fact she started the day with $0, and at the end of the day had $70 in groceries and $30 in cash. Forget everything that happened in the mean time. The owner of the store therefore is out $100.

It’s actually $100. The store owner loses $100 when she steals it from the register, -100. She pays for $70 worth of groceries with the stolen $100, -70. She then receives $30 back in change before leaving, -100.

You are an idiot

possibly – I’m looking at it with the same simplicity in which it was presented. Though, is there a reason why my final total wouldn’t add up — using only the information we were provided?

Lmao ain’t that right

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cunning response as always, admin/moderator

My point is, I understand that the register’s P&L will list a $100 loss. That’s basic math. But the puzzle doesn’t ask how much the register lost. It asks what the business owner lost, which has to include the initial investment (the “big picture”), right?

I agree 100% it is asking total lose not what the register is short at the end of the day

The 70.00 includes his initial investment plus mark up.

The thief now has $60 in cash from you plus $70 of merchandise, total of $130.

It’s 100 because the thief stole 100 but SPENT 70 now mind you the 100 is not in her hands anymore. So now she only has 70 Worth of food no cash back yet just imagine that. Okay then he gives her 30 back so he still lost 100. 30 in cash and 70 in food.

Exactly..

Everybody is wrong. Again it says do not over think. So who’s going to tell the store owner the woman stole the money if no one catches her. Stop over thinking, that man didn’t lost any change. Do you know how many people buy stuff and left it there and couldn’t come back for it?, do you know how many people had pay for more than what they bought mistakenly? ???? Again don’t over think you can’t tell if he lost or gain at this moment. ….. Lol…… I was once a cashier.if the store owner knew she stole $100 bill he was going to take that money from her and simply let her walk back empty handed. …Lol……What he don’t know won’t hurt him.

Show your work….

Where in the hell did you get 60$ cash

It’s 100.00. It doesn’t matter that she came back with that same money. The store is only out 100 bucks no matter what. What if she didn’t come back at all and you went in there with $100 does that $100 make a difference in the fact that the owner was robbed of 100 bucks earlier??

It’s a trick question! The 100 dollar bill is fake!

ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED!!!!

The store is out 100 plus 70 in groceries that they camt sell to someone else equaling 170

but she gave back $70 dollars in order to pay for the groceries.

I agree

But he’s not -70 to start with. He has 70 in merchandise.

It’s $200

Ask yourself where the 100 is. It’s back in the register. She paid with the SAME $100. It’s like it was never gone. Get it?

Let me correct myself.

-100 was the stolen money

+70 when the goods were bought, which leaves…

-30, which is the change given back to the thief

That evens out the $100, so he’s still down $100 in the register.

If the owner paid $70 for the merchandise then how is he supposed to run a profitable business?

We didn’t ask you cunts that.

The owner loses $30 in money (since got $70 back), but also the cost of the goods. Per Nameless, the cost of the goods could not be $70, so the real answer depends on the cost of the $70 in merchandise. Hello does anyone not know this. Once you determine the cost of the merchandise you add that to the $30 in lost money. Answer

Wrong

Profit margin should have no impact. The amount the owner coulda, woulda, shoulda made is what owner has a right to claim as the loss

It’s funny to hear how sure you are! Lol The merchandises’ cost is irrelevant. It’s the merchandises “value” that is considered a loss. Let’s say I buy a 10,000 car from my grandma for 1.00. My buddy wants to buy it from me for 2.00 because he knows I paid 1.00 (so that’s a great deal)……If I do sell it to him for 2.00, I just lost 9,998. The value of the groceries was 70.00. He loses 100 total.

-100+70=-30

So let me steal $100 and buy $100 in stuff, there’s no loss, right?

So can I steal $100 from you and buy $100 in things from you? Won’t be a loss, right?

If you think about it from the theif point of view, the lady walked away with 70 in product and 30 in cash. Owner lost 100$

The 100 she stole

Then she purchased 70 merchandise

Got 30 bucks back

That equals 200 dollar loss in the end

The 100 dollars maybe the same 100 bill, but it will still be missing in the drawer at the end of the day.

Think about it, say she didn’t steal the 100,there for it would still be in the drawer, then the lady comes in and pays with her own 100 then she would get 70 worth of merchandise and 30 dollars back at the end of the day the drawer will be 100 dollars short ,30 dollars back and 70 dollars worth of merchandise = 200

Finally someone else realized the drawer will b missing the $100 at the end of the day!!!!

Ding ding ding..someone got it..people are forgetting that 100 was already part of the p&l cause someone bought 100 dollars worth of merchandise before..so the owen was up 100

Yes totally agree with your answer

It says she Co especially back using The $100 dollar bill, as in the one she stole. If she didn’t steal the $100 she more then likely wouldn’t have had the money to buy anything

Omg no the $100 will NOT still be missing at the end of the day. She paid for the groceries so the $100 bill goes back into said drawer folled by the cashier then removing $30 from the drawer to give the lady. So that means there is now $70 of the original $100 now returned to the drawer. So at this point there is only $30 of the original $100 still in the lady’s possession and out of the drawer. So now if you take to $70 in merchandise that she didnt actually pay for because it was the stores money from the biginning and you add that $70 to the $30 she received in change it equals $100 so that is the final answer.

100-70=30 then 30+70=100

Wow its so simple i just cant understand all of the confusion

Its actually hilarious!!

The owner still lost $100. The thief just basically traded 70 out of that 100 dollar bill for products. The thief didn’t gain anything more.

Why would anyone determine how much the owner paid for the goods? That is irrelevant to the riddle. Just because you sell groceries for $70 doesn’t mean the owner paid $70. Therefore u wouldnt double count $70. Its $100 hands down. Simple.

The true count of what the owner really lost is 100+(COGS-70).

Bit he is out cost plus profit

It is not to be overthought… the owner loses $100

You are by far the most correct, assuming that the stock is sold at its manufacturer price. This is how it goes.

-100+70-70-30.

he starts off with -100 then he receives 70 but loses stock assuming worth 70 so no change is made here (still -100 because 70-70=0) then he gives her 30 which adds up to -130. I completely agree with your last statement so true.

In my own answer is:

lady stole $100

then she buy for groceries which is:

original Amount of the grocery+profit of the owner=$70 (groceries)

then he get a change of $30

so the owner loses should be: Original Amount of the Groceries+$30

Think of it this way. Prior to the theif coming in there was :

100 in the till

70 on the shelf

170 total

After the theif left there was

0 in the till

70 on the shelf

-100 overall

After the theif bought the groceries there was

70 in the till

0 on the shelf

-100 overall

Exactly! Beginning of the day the store has $100 in the register, $70 worth of merchandise and that $30 in change. End of the day – 70 in merchandise, – 30 in change = – 100… But let’s not forget that the $100 she paid with was the stores also. $200.

Lol you must be a Walmart cashier

I say 170 because she stole the 100 but then she got 70 worth of grocery the 30 is just breaking the bill

but she went back and gave him $100 dollars.

she purchased $70 dollars in goodies and got $30 dollars in charge.

But you have to remember she basically refunded the $100 so he had it back with him and then gave her $70 worth of groceries for free losing him $70 and he gave her $30 change losing him $30 which equals $100 because he got the original $100 back

Net = -100 (stolen) +100 (cash for item) – 70 (worth of item exchange) – 30 (change)

Net = negative 100 …

Actually, the owner was paid $100 in a previous transaction. Then the owner lost that $100. Then he lost $100 in free groceries and change, but was giving back the original $100 bill. The first $100 worth of product was paid for so zero loss. the Second $100 of product and change was not paid for, so a $100 loss. 0(loss) – 100 + 100 – 100= -100

Technically the owner lost $80-$90, because he didn’t pay retail, but lost the potential to make $100. This isn’t a riddle by the way; I had to answer this question on a test as a extra credit question when I was in school. There is only one right answer.

He lost $200

You’re missing a chromosome

How do you know the store owner paid $70 for the merchandise? If he sold it for $70 I would like to assume he paid far less for it so he could make a profit. Given the information in the post the answer being looked for is $100. The person gave the $100 back to the clerk meaning they were even again. Then the person walked out of the store with $70 in groceries and $30 in change $100. Because of the information that was given and that fact that it was multiple choice. The obvious answer is $100. Had we been told what the store originally paid for the merchandise and then knew his markup and were given more information and different answers to choose from, your method would be correct. But right now you are wrong. You were not looking at this with simplicity as you state in a later post. You tried to add more information than was given. You took the simplicity of it and tried to flush it!

Agreed, lost cash $100 and the profit of $70 from lost goods. I see very few with this answer. It’s that simple.

No he doesn’t dude. It says the thief gives them the $100 back. $100-100 = 0. So all that’s left is the $30 in change and $70 in stuff.

“If the owner paid $70 for the merchandise, then how is he supposed to run a profitable business”

They are basing it off how much he would get when someone buys it, not how much he paid for it in general. You’re overthinking it.

Except the merchandise is gone.

Remember the $30.00 in change is from the $100.00 which was stolen from the cash register, therefore; the answer is the owner is out $170.00.

America is simply full of mindless people who can’t add. If I steal $100 from your wallet and go spend $70 at Walmart and they give me $30 in change, it doesn’t cause Walmart a loss. It doesn’t matter what is done with the money, the answer could not be more simple, it is $100.

You didn’t steal the money from Walmart tho. That’s like selling candy and eating 70$ worth of your own product

I with you agree 100%!

Haha

Exactly

He lost the 70 in merchandise… what he paid for it doesn’t matter his profit would have been 70 bucks plus the 100 taken out the draw

The answer is 100 in the simplest form. It doesn’t ask anywhere to calculate the loss including him buying the products at cost or not. Stop reading to much into it

I take $70, $100 from register..$170 debt.

Give back $100 ..$ 70 debt.

Clerk give me $30 in change ..$100 debt.

The answer is $100.

What about tax?

Haha

Well if we wanna get technical, the owner wouldn’t have bought the groceries and sold them at the same price. There is no point to that. He could have bought them for $12 bucks and marked them up. But that’s not the point to this question.

But the till should have 170… 70 for goods and the 100 it started with

Yes… Thank you!

Nope. Is $100 if $70 n the change $30 is confusing just change the worth of goods to $100 u will get the answer.

How does he have $60 in

Cash? He only has $30.

the 30 was out of the hundred that she has stolen, so when he gives her the 30 back its still from that hundred so no extra money lost, there just the hundred and then the 70 in products, making the total loss 170

Lets consider if the cost of the merchandise the thief bought is $100… the owner just lose the merchandise.. not the $100 bill…

Ok, it would be like someone stealing a 5 off of you and then they come to you and said I’ll buy that object off of you for 5.00. You sell it to that person. You have your 5.00 back and the only thing your out is the 5.00 object. So I think the owner would only be out the 100.00.

But he should have have $10. He thinks he has $5 already. 1st think he’ll be thinking is what happened to the 1st 5?

Owner loses 100 dollars. owner gives 70 dollar merchandise. owner is returned 70 of lost 100 dollars owner gives 30 dollars.

(-100) + (-70) + (70) + (-30) = -130 = D

or

-100 – 70 = -170

-170 + 70 = -100

-100 – 30 = -130 = D

never said he brought it for that much, but that he lost that much if it was a normal sale

The owner didn’t “lose” anything the money was stolen..

$100 bill

-100

Excange 100 for 70

-70

Give 30

=-100 it’s really not hard

I wonder how many of you it takes to change a lightbulb 😂😂😂😂🦄

-100-70=-170

-170+100=-70

-70-30=-100

She takes the $100, hes down $100.

She gets her merchandise total is $70.

She gives him $100. His till is evened out (her transaction is not completed at this point.)

He completes the transaction and gives her back $30 in change.

So with the $70 purchase paid for with $100 that should have already been in the register, once counted at the end of the day it will appear $70 short. Add to that the $30 she got back as change from her illegitimate purchase the register will total out to $100 short.

Stores do not charge the same amount for products they purchase and sell. How would they make profit if they bought and sold $1 for $1. Example: company purchase a snickers for $0.85; company in turn sells snickers for $1.25. The company has gotten back the $0.85 they spent for thr purchase plus $0.40 profit.

actually he would have no profit if he sells by price he pays so it’s still a shaky situation

Yeah but the 100 is put back into the register and he gave her 30 so the drawer is -30 short

If there is 0 in the till he couldn’t give change for the 100

Your forgetting the 30 she had in her pocket she never gave back to the owner

Simple when he counts down at the end of the shift the register will be short 60 dollars. When he does inventory he will be short 70 dollars. Not knowing his initial investment in the merchandise thats all u can go off of. In the books for that day assuming no other loss he is down $130. Which is the exact take for the thief that day.

The thief took $100 unknowing to store owner, then returns and picks out $70 worth of merchandise. Now when the thief hands store owner the $100 if the store owner had known, and told the thief to leave, at that point the store owner is out nothing. But since the store owner didn’t know and handed the thief the $70 in merchandise and change of $30 he’s back to a loss of $100.

No I think that it says: ‘the woman pays with the 100 bill’ so then she sound get 30 bucks back if she buys for 70 dollars

yeah. It also depends on the profit that the owner makes from selling the item.

Thank you ! I agree

If you sell 100$ worth of oranges and lose the 100$ then sell 70$ worth of oranges you’ve sold 170$ worth of oranges but are still missing 100$ worth of oranges!

If you sell 100$ worth of oranges and lose the 100$ then sell 70$ worth of oranges you have sold 170$ worth of oranges but are still missing $100 worth of oranges!

It’s $100. Look at it this way. Instead of the $100 being taken.

I walked into Walmart and the cashier gave me $100 for no reason. I went to the liquor cabinet and bought $70 worth of booze. Cashier gave me $30 of that same hundred back. It’s simple! Only $100 was taken so only $100 can be lost! Right???? Nobody took anything more. Basically I bought booze with the same money I stole and only left with 30 because I bought 70 in booze. Walmart is out a hundred oops

LOL!!!!!

HE IS NOT -70 BEFORE SHE SETS FOOT ON STORE UNLESS HE OWES THE ITEMS TO SOMEONE.HE HAVE $100 CASH AND $70 IN ITEMS SO HE HAVE $170 SHE SEAT $100 NOW HE IS $70 IN ITEM SHE PAY $100 BUT HE GIVE BACK $30 NOW HE HAVE $70 CASH BUT NO ITEMS SO OUT OF $170 HE ONLY HAVE $70 MEANING HE LOST $100.

It is amazing and slightly worrying that people can’t do this simple puzzle.

To get the right answer, just think how much (in goods and money) the thief leaves the store with. That is obviously what the store owner has lost. ($70 +$30)

But what about the items the $100 originally paid for? The stolen money was obviously originally used to pay for 100 worth of goods. So if I steal 100 the owner is out 100. If I go in and purchas 70 worth of good and use the stolen 100, they are now technically put 170, because not only are they out 100 for me stealing the money, they not just lost 70 worth of goods. The 30 in change means nothing because it was part of the original 100.

It says “She then buys $70 in groceries and pays using the $100 bill and gets $30 in return.”

Frist off the owner didnt pay 70 sfor the items he sold. If he did he a fool have to find out how much he did pay

So uh what’s the answer lmao

The easier way to look at it is to focus on what the thief has at the end. The thief came in with nothing and left with $100 of goods and money. $70 in groceries and $30 in cash.

The grocery purchase is legitimate – she didn’t steal the groceries (she paid for them). She stole $100 and at the end of the day she still had $100 worth of goods and cash. $70 in groceries, $30 in cash. The owner lost exactly what the thief gained $100 ($70 food and 30 cash).

If the owner is returned 70 as you say, it means you’re already accounting for the 30 he gives back, so you shouldn’t deduct it a second time.

Answer: 100

Owner was minus 100 from the start. The same thief came back in and bought 70 out off the same 100 bill and was given back change from the same 100 dollar bill, 30. The thief gave back 100 and got in free 70 groceries and 30 in change, When the cashier do the paperwork, its till going to say she is 100 short.

I am over thinking this situation tho….. i mean nothing is free anymore…. so a part of me want to say $170. When the owner does it’s annul inventory counts, they are gonna be -$70 in groceries.

Let’s say the owner paid $1 wholesale for oranges and then rebuys his oranges at retail for $5 the owner has bought the item twice now! technically the owner would be out (wholesale cost of goods + Retail cost of goods + $100)

Pretty simple math… Just because they word it like a riddle doesn’t take away the basic math…if I go out to a bar and steal 100 dollars from the cash register and then proceed to drink 70 worth of drinks the bar is out both the 100 and the 70….= 170

That’s exactly what I said.

Actually, you’re doing the exact same working and considering the exact same factors everyone else is, but you have made an error.

If we go from the store owner sitting at -$170…

the thief then hands over $100, so the owner is now sitting at -$70. In exchange for this, the thief wants $70 worth of groceries, so the owner hands over the groceries, along with $30 in change, so they are finally sitting at -$100.

The error is not factoring in the whole $100 bill during the exchange. If the thief buys $70 worth of groceries, then the owner gains $70 and thus has a net profit of -$100, and no change is required. Change of $30 is only issued if you factor in that the goods are paid for with the $100, as there net profit will become -$70 once that $100 dollar bill is handed over, and -$100 once they hand back $30.

They gain back the $70 you paid for the drinks, while losing $70 worth of drinks, so the net total is -$100

The owner would have just lost $100 IF the woman would not have come back in the store to get groceries. She did though. She used the $100 that was not hers originally, unbeknownst to the owner….who in return gave her $30 back out of the register…..so now the owner is only out $70…BUT she walks out with $70 worth of groceries so the owner lost $140.

Maybe try look at what the thief has at the end of the day.. $70 in groceries and $30 change. Where did the other $30 go if the store lost it?

Nope. Take the money out of it. Say I stole your iPad. Then 5 minutes later I brought back your iPad. Then I took your sunglasses and phone. You aren’t still short an iPad.

I get where you are coming from, I see your math there. But think if it in 2 transactions. First she steals the 100 and then gives it back. At that point the register is fine. Then she walks out with 70 in merchandise and 30 in change. At the end of the day the register will be out 100.

The question is how much did the owner lose, not how much cash he lost. If someone steals merchandise from you, even if they paid you with your money, you still have double the loss. Now the owner has to purchase an extra product to cover the cost of the first. So if the guy took $70 worth of merchandise, I, as a business owner, will have to dip into my savings to purchase and replace that item. So I lost double. Continue the equation, there’s more to it.

am thinking with a simple mind. the lady steals the 100 bill. so the till loses 100. say she goes out drops the 100 bill. someone picks it up n returns to the store like any normal customer. buys 70 bucks worth of grocery n gives 30 change. end day he jus lost 100 bucks that was plain stolen. how much he actually lost taking into consideration of his profit n loss of the goods is a different matter with data we arent furnished with. so pretty open ended n vague riddle.

It’s $100.

Without the first part, just seeing “buys $70 of groceries, pays, gets change…”, everything is normal and even. the only change is “she takes $100” in the first part, so… he’s down $100.

$100. It would only be $170 if she stole the $100 from the register AND shop-lifted the inventory. She didn’t shoplift- she paid for it with the stolen $100. So even though the owner got back $70 of his original $100, he gave $70 worth of inventory for it. The $30 in change was just the difference in the price she paid and the amount she gave at the register. End of the day, the register is still missing $100 when it’s all counted up because she stole cash- not groceries.

$100

How much you are “out” means how much worse off you are. Firstly, regarding the purchase of goods, forget the “giving of $100” and “receiving of $30 change”. That’s just there to confuse you. Pretend the thief pays with exact change, i.e. $70. The second thing to notice is that transaction itself is irrelevant to how much the shopkeeper loses, you can view it the same as you would another customer coming in after and buying $70 worth of goods. Infact the purchase of the merchandise was likely to give the shopkeeper profit (reducing his loss of $100) but we’ll hold things equal and compare two scenarios; one where what is described in the problem happens, and another where the thief doesn’t steal anything and just buys $70 worth of goods. Assuming for simplicity the shopkeeper has $100 in his till: Scenario A: Thief steals $100, buys $70 worth of goods. Shopkeepers till = $100 – $100 + $70 = $70. Scenario B: Thief simply comes in and buys $70 worth of goods: Shopkeepers till = $100 + $70 = $170. Differences between the two scenarios = $170 – $70 = $100 so the shopkeeper is $100 worse off, which by now should seem trivial.

My guess was 130 also

170! The lady steals $100 purchases $70 of goods so already the company loses $100 and then subtract $70 of merchandise. The $30 in change is already subtracted in the $ 100 lost in the $100 stolen in the beginning thus yielding $170 total loss.

My niece posted this question and my answer was 200 store lost but some are saying that’s not correct. Now it’s got me second guessing

Absolutely

Not if you pay for the drinks using the $100

$200.

Because she stole the first $100, bought $70 in goods, received $30 in change from said $100.

$100 from register

+$70 goods (because she got to leave with the goods that were paid for with stolen money)

+$30 change

______

$200 loss

Agreed!!! This is a simple math problem and it boggles my mind that so many people don’t get it!!!

(-100)- 70 -30 + 100= (-100)

The drawer will be missing the $70 she should have paid but she “stole” the groceries (because that $100 already belonged in the drawer and was not hers) plus the $30 that was given to her. So down $100. Even if she paid with her own legetimate $100, she would still be taking the groceries home and getting the $30 that was owed to her. But instead, she stole that $100 by using what was originally in the register.

The merchandise is always gone after someone pays for it. Do you leave it in the store after trading your cash for it?

No, she stole $100 from the jump. So, therefore, that is $100 loss to the business. She then proceeded to “purchase” $70 in goods from the store (at retail prices) with monies that were not due to her. That in total is $170. Then, she received $30 “cash back” from the transaction. That is a total loss to the business of $200.

Thank you

Fucking idiot reality 100 gone, initial in pocket gone…. never profit, should of been, then false profit back from thief… so total lose 200

Let’s say that the woman didn’t pay the owner with the $100 bill she stole. If she payed with exactly $70 and not the $100 bill she stole, then she wouldn’t have gotten the $30 change back. But she would still walk away with $30 left over and $70 worth of stuff. So I believe the answer is $170.

She stole $100, that puts the owner at -100. She buys $70 worth of stuff, but PAYS for it with $100.

So owner is at -100 when she steals, he is at -170 when she get the $70 worth of stuff, but she gives the owner an EXTRA $30 for only $70 worth of stuff, so the owner is at -140 before he gives her her change back. Then the owner gives her the $30 change back bc she gave the owner $100 for only $70 worth of stuff. So the owner goes from -140 to -170. The owner looses $170.

U forgot th thief paid with 100$ not 70$

so explain the 30 dollars change he gave the thief back if there was 0 dollars in the till in step two

100- lose for the thief

70- lose for the items

30- lose fo the change

total lose = 200 the simplest form of answer. hehe

He did not receive $70. He received $100 and returned $30. -100+100-70-30=-100

yes he did not receive $70 but its the price of the goods he buy, then he got the change of $30 plus the $100 he stole, so the total lost of the owner was $200

the trick question is how much the owner lose not how much he stole, hehe so in the owners side she lose $200

Thank you, YES.

It’s just worded to make you think that. The lady actually gave the $70 back which went BACK into the till (as if it had never been taken out in the first place). So essentially it’s as if she only stole $30 from the till and then ran around with a bag and stole $70 of merchandise off the shelf.

This my exact answer but I was told I was wrong

OMG…ok all mathematically its $100 = 70 in goods + 30 change… but think about it i recon that it would be around $65 dollars

$30 tendered as change

plus the value of the goods at trade cost not retail value so estimate this to be around $35

as if you claimed on the insurance for the goods lost you would get payed at the purchase price not the estimated retail value,

as if this was the case 30 +35 =$65 approx.

If you claimed full retail value on the insurance it would be fraud.

and every business would steal they stock every day and make a profit

buy for $35 steal Claim and get payed for $70…

There is no loss on product. At the end of the day if there is a cash reconciliation and an inventory reconciliation done the cash recon will be off not the inventory. That sale of $70, while funded with a stolen bill, was part of normal business. Items totaling $70 left the store and were recorded as they should have been. It was the $100 leaving the register that was a true loss to the owner.

$100… Think about it this way, $100 dollars is stolen out of the till and a 5 mins later a completely random new person comes into the shop and buys $70 worth of groceries with another $100 dollar bill… The second part is irrelevant and designed to confuse. The later transaction has no bearing on the original theft!

He will not be short 70 in merch. He will have sold 70 in merch. The merch was recorded in the sales register and paid for, it’s irrelevant that it was paid for with stolen cash.

What are you talking about it’s not $200 because the $100 that she took out of the drawer she handed him back so then she had zero and he had the hundred again but then he gave her $70 worth of groceries and $30 in cash making him out $100 again

The question is how much did the owner lose, not how much cash he lost. If someone steals merchandise from you, even if they paid you with your money, you still have double the loss. Now the owner has to purchase an extra product to cover the cost of the first. So if the guy took $70 worth of merchandise, I, as a business owner, will have to dip into my savings to purchase and replace that item. So I lost double. Continue the equation, there’s more to it.

The question is how much did the owner lose, not how much cash he lost. If someone steals merchandise from you, even if they paid you with your money, you still have double the loss. Now the owner has to purchase an extra product to cover the cost of the first. So if the guy took $70 worth of merchandise, I, as a business owner, will have to dip into my savings to purchase and replace that item. So I lost double. Continue the equation, there’s more to it.

Exactly. People are missing that the owner has to replace that item, resulting in a larger loss.

Took tha words RIGHT out of my mouth omg lmaoooooo!!!

There is no way of knowing the cost of the goods. no one would sell good for the same amount they purchased it or there would be no profit..

Math is incorrect. Should be -100+100-70-30. She gave him the $100 back to pay for the goods

I steal 100 from your wallet. I see you’re selling a tv on Craigslist for 70. I buy the tv from you. You’re telling me you’re only short 100 dollars? Or more logically are you short 170? Because had I not stolen the money, and someone else bought the tv, you would have 170 in your wallet. Now you only have 70 in your wallet and you’re short a tv and 100 dollars, equaling 170. Because you basically lost 100 and bought a tv for someone else for 70 because it was your money that bought it. It doesn’t matter what you made back from that person who stole the money, at the end of the day any company will show a loss of 170, and it doesn’t matter what the owner could by groceries for, the loss is calculated based on the retail price. That’s like me saying I stole your $20000 car but only have to pay you 5000 because that’s what it cost to manufacture it. Are you happy with that? If so, tell me where you live and I’ll hold you up to that. If the owner didn’t know that it was his money paying for the groceries then I could see how people would assume it’s only 100. But the riddle gave us that detail and we know better. And if you still think it’s only 100, seriously, tell me where you live because I could make a killing off of you, because if I can steal your money, get something from you for free because it wasn’t my money that paid for it, and still walk away with money to spare and somehow you’re only short the 100? Ignorance at its finest

Guys/girls Let’s think of the girl only .. at the end of the day , what did she have in her possession when she left the store ?

She hands him a $100 dollar bill and only bought $70 dollars worth of food. Since its a $100 dollar bill she gets $30 back in change…

why are so many people over thinking this problem? The first transaction was illegal and the second was legal. Therefore, the owner is out $100. The added transaction is there to make you think. 😀

The girl left with $70 of groceries and $30 in cash … that’s all that the owner is out .

Your an idiot