It’s important to understand, though, that not all cash handling issues stem from dishonest employees. Making mistakes is a part of the human condition—and we’re more prone to doing so in high-stress situations. For example, restaurant servers handle a lot of paper money during peak hours and are responsible for cashing out at the end of their shifts. Any mistakes are sometimes not caught for several days, making the reconciliation of retroactive cash balances a headache.
If the stars align and the correct amount of cash makes it into the safe at the end of the day, the risk isn’t over yet. Cash in transit heists are a very real thing—more prevalent in certain regions, but a risk everywhere nonetheless—and with a greater frequency of physical cash transfers, another pitfall in the cash handling process emerges.