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20 07, 2010

Bar owner defends CCTV in toilets

Do you have cameras installed in your bar or restaurant? most probably. In fact, if you don’t, you’re leaving yourself wide open for theft and fraudulent insurance claims. But when does enough become enough? Do you install cameras in your toilets? Well, the owners of a new bar in Basingstoke in the UK have defended their decision to install a CCTV camera in the men’s toilets. A customer complained to a local newspaper after spotting the camera in the toilet at Pure Lounge Bar but Ernie Phelps, the bar’s general manager and one of the owners, said the camera was necessary because of vandalism. He said in the first week of operation, customers snapped off an expensive sink tap in the gent’s lavatories. He explained: “We have got one camera facing the sink, nowhere else. It’s to try to stop [...]

23 10, 2009

Could a dating couple bankrupt your business?

It's bad enough when you have a thieving staff member or a manager that thinks it's their right to fiddle the accounts while they line their pockets, but it's double the trouble when the staff member and manager collude to defraud you and your business. It's more common than you think and a recent conversation with an industry consultant reminded me that you can never underestimate the potential for fraud in the bar. Here are a few methods of collusion that you should be aware of: Boyfriend & Girlfriend The classic "couple on a mission" who can cover for one another, aid each other and double the chances of you losing money and liquid assets in a short space of time. Some bars and restaurants do not allow staff members to date and don't emply married couples. A difficult thing [...]

18 09, 2009

Catching an employee with their hands in the drawer

You know the scenario. The cash hasn’t been balancing at the end of the night and you have your suspicions as to who is responsible but you haven’t caught anyone in the act and don’t want to risk accusing the wrong employees. Some nights you have too much cash, and some nights too little. If cash is going missing, then its going missing from one place and one place only – the cash register. The process should be simple, a customer orders a meal or a drink, its entered into the cash register, the customer profers payment and the transaction is closed and change given. However, clever and dishonest employees can work the system so that they dont enter the full value of the meal or hit a button relating to a lower priced item and pocket the difference. With [...]