25 Ways Bartenders Steal Your Profits

for Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs

25 Ways Bartenders Steal Your Profits

So you think all of your bartenders are honest, right? Hopefully they are, but if you feel like your register sales just aren't what they should be, then it's time to start looking a little harder at how those profits might be disappearing.

1. Under-ring the correct price of a drink order and pocket the difference.

2. Over pour and/or give free drinks to friends and family.

3. Claim a bogus walk-out. Keep money customer paid for order.

4. Brings in their own bottle of liquor and pockets cash from the sale.

5. Short pour customer drinks to cover "give away" liquor costs.

6. Waitstaff and bartender work together to skim table tabs.

7. Fake a returned drink and then sell to pocket the cash.

8. Serving free liquor or undercharging in hopes of larger tip.

9. Adding water to bottles to get more shots and pocket the extra cash.

10. Ringing well brand drinks and charging premium brand prices.

11. Charging regular prices, ringing happy hour prices.

12. Charging customer higher price than actual cost.

13. Short-pouring blended drinks to cover high pour costs.

14. Claim bank till was short and pocketing the difference.

15. Recording false spills, over-rings and/or voids.

16. Ringing items on another bartender or manager key.

17. Walking out with full bottles at end of shift or while taking out trash.

18. Selling wine by the glass and ringing in a bottle sale.

19. Not ringing in cocktail server sales and splitting the money.

20. Turning in the amount of sales rung and keeping any overages found.

21. Under pouring by X amount, then keeping the cash for every X drink.

22. Using smaller jiggers brought from home to short pour drinks.

23. Over stating drinks on a tab to run up the price or pocket cash.

24. Re-pouring wine leftover in bottles to other customers by the glass.

25. Free drinks to local merchants in exchange for merchandise.