I’m no good at math, but you don’t have to be in order to understand why this is so utterly ridiculous.
So, Penny Hayes from LaFayette, Georgia posted in a Facebook yard sale group offering bottles of laundry detergent. She was selling each bottle for 35 cents, or if you wanted to buy them in bulk, you could purchase a case of 48 bottles for a total of $12. A quick operation on a calculator (if you can’t do the math in your head) would yield an answer of .25 (that’s 25 cents) for each bottle. You get a 10-cent discount if you buy in bulk. Sounds reasonable and nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, this would not be news if it weren’t for how people reacted.
Leave it to a few people on this Facebook yard sale group to be so computationally illiterate that they thought she was trying to scam them. Then the administrator of the group deleted Penny Hayes’s posts and then banned her from the group completely. But not before Hayes was able to capture the screen shots of the conversation she had with other members and administrator. You can’t make this stuff up.
Here are all the screenshots. I dare you to try to get through them without your head exploding. Remember, Penny Hayes is the one who’s offering the detergent bottles. Rachel Penney is the first to react:
Some people are attributing this to Common Core, since in Common Core, there are apparently “no wrong answers.”
For whatever reason, they couldn’t get out of their heads that 48 divided by 12 equals 4. While that is true, it’s totally irrelevant to the situation. You’d be paying $12 for a case of 48. If you divide that $12 evenly across all 48 bottles, it works to 25 cents per item.
But, these other people knew better. “That actually works out to $4 a bottle. You’re trying to rip us off. You’re banned!” You can’t fix stupid.
I think they got their math skills from these two kids who couldn’t figure out how long it would take to go 80 miles if you’re going 80 miles per hour:
(Warning: some strong language)
H/T: Sons of Liberty