Bartenders are like the lunch ladies of college. Only the cafeteria is now a hot and crowded bar and instead of paying with your little lunch line punch card, it is only adequate to whip out your Visa and pay up.

After a long day of studying, what’s better than to head to the nearest watering hole for a cold one? Nothing. We walk into the bar to be greeted by our friend, the bartender. Are they really our friend though? Here are some ways that your bartender could be tricking you out of your money:

Overdoing it on the ice

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Ask for a water at the bar, they’ll give you a full cup of water with two ice cubes max. Ask for a vodka cranberry, they’ll give you a cup of ice with some cranberry juice on the side and a splash of vodka. I’m no scientist, but the chemistry of the entire thing doesn’t make sense. Not too much ice, ice, baby.

Pouring top shelf when you didn’t ask for it

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Chances are, when you order a vodka cranberry, you tell the bartender “vodka cranberry.” You don’t say “vodka cranberry made with the cheapest vodka you have.” How do you know that the bartender isn’t pulling top shelf vodkas, such as Grey Goose or Belvedere? You may be in for a surprise when you get that check of yours.

Skimping on the liquor

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Sometimes bartenders do the “long pour.” This is when they purposely hold the liquor bottle high and pour. While it may look like a cool bar trick, the long pour actually creates the illusion of more liquor raining into the cup. In a situation like this, you could be getting a lot less bang for your buck.

Ordering specialty drinks

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It’s your 21st birthday party and you’ll cry if you want to. You’ll cry when you get your check and the bartender charges $7 per every birthday shot you ordered (let’s just say, you hit double digits), claiming it was the “birthday special.” There’s nothing special about going bankrupt on your birthday. Pay attention and ask the bartender how much their specialty drinks actually cost.

Not ringing up the drink or giving a receipt

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“Alright sweetheart, that’ll be $4.50.” A lot of times, bartenders will give you a price with no proof, which means they telling you what you owe without giving you a receipt unless you’re paying with a credit card. For the most part, we could care less because we just want our drink in our hand. But how do we know that they’re not lying to us and tacking on a couple dollaz?

Not mentioning added gratuity

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Some bars automatically add gratuity to a tab and not mention it, so you may be unknowingly tipping your bartender double. Make sure to double check your receipt because as much love as we want to give our bartenders, we love our college-tainted bank accounts as well.

Don’t get me wrong, not every bartender is the enemy. They do provide us the proper ammunition for a night out. However, sometimes the economically smarter idea is to stick with bottled beer.