A popular bartender who has over 1.5 million followers on TikTok has shown his audience how he cuts off his friends before they have one too many.
Benji Smith, best known by his comedic TikTok account @BenjiSpears, pieced together his secret drink-cutting technique with a 20-second video he uploaded on Thursday, April 27.
“When your drunk best friend insists on another drink but you know he has to work in the morning,” Smith captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 7.7 million times.
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Smith has shown to solve the problem with a non-confrontational approach by pretending to pour clear alcohol while spraying clear soda with his soda gun.
He finishes the soft drink by pretending to pour another liqueur, spraying a red-hued soda, and squeezing a wedge of lime before serving.
“Very well honey, a fort is coming,” Smith said before extending the secret mocktail.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Smith for comment.
In many states, bartenders and commercial liquor servers can be held liable for damages or injuries caused by drunk patrons, according to “Alcohol in America: Taking Action to Prevent Abuse,” a 1985 guide published by The National Academies Press, which can also be found at the National Library of Medicine.
Similar warnings were outlined in a legal research report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, titled “Laws Prohibiting the Sale of Alcohol to Intoxicated Persons.”
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At the time of publication, Smith’s video reenactment has received over 790,300 likes, 19,100 saves, 6,270 shares and 1,060 comments.
TikTok users seem to be overwhelmingly supportive of Smith’s trick.
“You are a good friend and bartender. Good watch!” a commenter wrote.
“Yeah, if they can’t tell you don’t pour booze, they’ve had too much,” another user wrote.
“You know they’re lost if they don’t call you to get your hands on the fruit and stir it up,” another commenter shared.
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Some TikTok users have wondered if Smith charges his friends full price for their soft drinks.
In a comment, Smith replied that he does not charge people for alcohol they have not consumed. But he can’t speak for the other bartenders.
A few commenters responded that they doubted all the bartenders were generous enough to reflect the discounted fee or offer a free drink since the fake drink did not contain the alcohol ordered.
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Several current or former bartenders have admitted that they use the same trick when serving customers who appear to be near their alcohol limit.
“And that’s the bartender thing! They don’t even know,” wrote one commenter, who received more than 11,000 likes.
“Me when I cut my regulars. They’re like ‘it doesn’t taste like alcohol!’ And I’m like ‘wow are you SURE you’re not drunk???'” wrote another commenter, who got over 39,200 likes.
One TikTok user wrote that she adds a “little drop of alcohol through the straw”, so her customers can taste it.
“As a fellow bartender, I admit to doing this many times,” another TikTok user wrote. “And I usually follow it up with a wink when I deliver it to them.”
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