There are two types of bartenders. Bartenders who steal and Bartenders who do not steal. As a bar owner, I define “Theft” as anything I’m unaware of. Bartender theft runs rampant across every sector of the hospitality industry. Every Casino, Resort, Restaurant, and Nightclub have two things in common. They sell alcohol and bartenders are stealing. These are the Top 10 ways bartenders steal. 1. Short Ringing: Short ringing occurs when bartenders pour call, collect call payment then ring well and load their register or placing the difference in their tip jar. 2. No Sale Ringing: No sale ringing occurs when bartenders serve a drink and collect cash payment then ring No Sale for $0 to open their cash drawer. One open, the bartender loads their cash register. 3. Boot Legging : Bootlegging occurs when bartenders bring their own liquor bottles to work then pour, sell, collect cash payment then load their register or place payment in their tip jar. 4. Giving Away Free Drinks: Giving away free drinks is simply stealing. 5. Short Pouring : Bartenders purposefully pouring less liquor than a recipe requires, in an attempt, to offset inventory or cover up giving away free drinks. 6. Service Well Collusion : Service well collusion occurs when bartenders and servers work together to manipulate tickets, prepare, distribute, collect cash payments then split between themselves. 7. Undercharging: Undercharging occurs when bartenders pour premium but charge well in exchange for a large gratuity. Crown Royal is Crown Royal and bartenders should ring as Crown Royal not well. 8. Short-Changing: Short charging occurs when bartenders collect cash then purposefully short-change a customer then load their register or place the difference in their tip jar. 9. Altering Credit Card Receipts: Altering credit card receipts occurs when bartenders adjust tips, add tips or forge a customer signature. Tip adjustments, adding additional tips and forgery occur all the time. Management intervention is the best deterrent to prevent credit card altering. Managers must check each credit card slip while closing bartenders. 10. Loading Registers: Loading a register occurs when a bartender collects cash payment then opens the cash register and deposits cash payment inside the register. Unloading occurs next. For example, bartenders mark loading $10 by placing a paperclip inside the cash register. The paperclip equals $10. At the end of the shift, the bartender totals the number of paperclips then multiplies by 10 to calculate the amount of money to be unloaded. Once unloaded, the cash register and the cash due sales report will balance. Management intervention and random register audits are the best deterrents to loading and unloading registers. Original Article https://www.cocktailcurrency.com/blog/top-10-ways-bartenders-steal About The Author - Preston Rideout My name is Preston Rideout . I am Founder and President of Cocktail Currency Bar Consulting located in Memphis, Tennessee. I believe people who steal simply steal. Those who don't steal won't steal. People who steal wake up in the morning and think about stealing. The rest of us are always one step behind. Take a moment and read about the Top 10 Ways Bartenders Steal then visit Cocktail Currency Bar Consulting for more information.