If four scones cost £1.60, how much will three cost?


It is over 40years since I qualified as an Accountant, a time when the only calculator which was available was one’s brain and the number of fingers (and toes).

Now, as I reach biblical “old age”, retirement beckons, I realise that I should have invested in some form of mechanical or electrical equipment to assist me in my job! 
The situation was highlighted last Friday when I went to King Cross, Halifax, to help my wife with some shopping. My wife went to the local bakers and I had the task of satisfying our needs at the butchers. Being greedy, I also called at another bakers (Sayers the bakers, who are part of a Lancashire chain) purchasing two hot pies and some scones. I had made a similar purchase the previous week – and the scones in particular were excellent!
No problem with the pies and I wished to buy 4 scones which were advertised at £1.60. I asked the staff member for the scones, but she indicated that unfortunately there were only three left, I reluctantly had to accept the situation and received the three lonely scones.
I asked how much the total cost was (£4.15 came the reply), somewhat confused, I asked how this was arrived at, since the pies were only £2.50. The assistant told me the scones were £1.65, which I found confusing since I could only buy three.
The explanation was they were 4 for £1.60 or 55pence each? Despite my suggestion that it was hardly my fault that the shop was unable to fulfil my order and that (using my fingers and toes) the cost of the scones should be £1.20.
The question you might ask is – how much did I pay?

Peter Broadley

Rochdale Road