SINGAPORE — A Yoshinoya manager who siphoned $5,000 from the popular Japanese fast food chain was jailed for nine weeks on Tuesday (21 April).
Nor Safri Azizi, 32, would void the payments he received from customers on the cashier and pocketed the money at the end of his shift at the Bedok Mall outlet.
Safri managed to get away with his crimes from April to September last year until the finance department stepped in due to a drop in the proceeds.
Safri pleaded guilty to one count of criminal breach of trust as an employee on Tuesday. He is unable to repay the $5,000 to Yoshinoya.
Over the six months last year, Safri misappropriated selected cash proceeds from sales and hid his trail. While on cashier duty, he would use the “hold” function on the cashier system to prevent the order by a customer from being finalised in the register. The order would still be sent to the kitchen for preparation.
Once the food was prepared and collected, Safri would then use the “recall” function to retrieve the order and use another function to void it from the record.
At the end of the day’s shift, Safri would then tally the money based on successful orders in the system and pocket the money from voided sales. Voided sales could not be seen from the cash register’s record and can only be detected from the backend system.
Yoshinoya’s finance department conducted a check on the Bedok Mall outlet due to a decline in sales and noticed the voided transactions. An operation executive was tasked to investigate the matter and Safri’s offences were discovered.
The executive, who is also Safri’s manager, lodged a police report on 1 October last year.
For committing criminal breach of trust as an employee, Safri could have been jailed up to 15 years and fined.
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