The bar is one kind of business which has a very vulnerable area of theft.Bartender stealing is especially prevalent if you have a successful bar business with a popular bartender. You might not notice daily theft and skimming, such as free drinks to the bartender’s friends and stealing from the cash register.
Shrinkage, the average loss due to theft, spillage, waste, and overpouring drinks, nationally is approximately 23 percent on liquor and draft beer, about 10 percent on wine and 2 percent on bottled beer*. That’s a lot of money. It could mean your profits for the year! Eliminating shrinkage can mean the difference between financial success and bankruptcy.
Theft alone is the largest source of losses in bars. Opportunities are plentiful for theft behind a bar. Bartenders work many hours without direct supervision. Those who steal from the bar do so because it’s easy, hard to detect, and nearly impossible to prevent.
The temptations posed by handling large sums of cash and dealing with a liquid inventory on a day to day basis can be overwhelming. At some point, even the most honest bartenders will contemplate stealing cash and give out free drinks to friends or bar regulars.
Bar Video Surveillance can help Eliminate Dishonest Bartenders
You need to send a message loud and clear to your staff that theft will not be tolerated. Bartenders know they will be held accountable for their actions with surveillance video systems.
While you might not want to pursue criminal action against a bartender for embezzlement or a similar crime, video documented theft is solid grounds for termination. A mere wrist slap does nothing to discourage others from putting their hands in the till.
Consider the predicament that Bob had when he terminated his favorite bartender. “After installing the GeoVision camera system, it became apparent that Judy was taking money and giving away the farm. She was bringing in a ton of business, much of that was because of all the free drinks she gave away. I hated to let her go, it hurt our bar customer traffic at first. But after looking at the bottom line, we knew we made the right decision.”
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*Source: Bevinco, Inc., a liquor inventory control service, with 100 franchises throughout the United States and Canada.