RE: OT - Getting fired for database oops

From: John Hallas <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 10:45:00 +0100
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I do know of a DBA who deleted the test database ready for a refresh from production. The 578 datafiles took a long time to delete but slightly longer (36 hours) to recover once he realised that he was logged onto production.

The company got a 1.8 million fine for the outage - government supplier etc

He kept his job though


2009/5/15 Newman, Christopher <<>> A colleague and I were just discussing DBA's getting fired for screwing something up/failing to do something (Not for being generally poor employees like showing up late, etc). Neither of us had heard any stories of either scenario. I know we sometimes have slightly off topic discussions on the list, so I was wondering if anyone would share any stories.

Chris Newman
Database Specialist
AITS, University of Illinois



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