Classic Theater is in the Greenbelt Mall. A cashier’s booth is located near the entrance to the theater. Two cashiers are employed. One works from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M., the other from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Each cashier is bonded. The cashiers receive cash from customers and operate a machine that ejects serially numbered tickets. The rolls of tickets are inserted and locked into the machine by the theater manager at the beginning of each cashier’s shift.
After purchasing a ticket, the customer takes the ticket to a doorperson stationed at the entrance of the theater lobby some 60 feet from the cashier’s booth. The doorperson tears the ticket in half, admits the customer, and returns the ticket stub to the customer. The other half of the ticket is dropped into a locked box by the doorperson.
At the end of each cashier’s shift, the theater manager removes the ticket rolls from the machine and makes a cash count. The cash count sheet is initialed by the cashier. At the end of the day, the manager deposits the receipts in total in a bank night deposit vault located in the mall. In addition, the manager sends copies of the deposit slip and the initialed cash count sheets to the theater company treasurer for verification and to the company’s accounting department. Receipts from the first shift are stored in a safe located in the manager’s office.
(a) Identify the internal control principles and their application to the cash receipts transactions of Classic Theater.
(b) If the doorperson and cashier decided to collaborate to misappropriate cash, what actions might they take?
Principles | | Application to Classic Theater |
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Establishment of responsibility. | | Only cashiers are authorized to sell tickets. Only the manager and cashier can handle cash. |
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Segregation of duties. | | The duties of receiving cash and admitting customers are assigned to the cashier and to the doorperson. The manager maintains custody...