Whops Destroyed production database on first day + FIRED and Could be SUED!
2018-05-11, 02:55 PM,
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I was feeling sorry for myself this morning due to some technical headaches, but then I stumbled upon a thread via Reddit.
So if you ever have a bad day just remember this:
Quote:Today was my first day on the job as a Junior Software Developer and was my first non-internship position after university. Unfortunately i screwed up badly.

I was basically given a document detailing how to setup my local development environment. Which involves run a small script to create my own personal DB instance from some test data. After running the command i was supposed to copy the database url/password/username outputted by the command and configure my dev environment to point to that database. Unfortunately instead of copying the values outputted by the tool, i instead for whatever reason used the values the document had.

Unfortunately apparently those values were actually for the production database (why they are documented in the dev setup guide i have no idea). Then from my understanding that the tests add fake data, and clear existing data between test runs which basically cleared all the data from the production database. Honestly i had no idea what i did and it wasn't about 30 or so minutes after did someone actually figure out/realize what i did.

While what i had done was sinking in. The CTO told me to leave and never come back. He also informed me that apparently legal would need to get involved due to severity of the data loss. I basically offered and pleaded to let me help in someway to redeem my self and i was told that i "completely fucked everything up".

So i left. I kept an eye on slack, and from what i can tell the backups were not restoring and it seemed like the entire dev team was on full on panic mode. I sent a slack message to our CTO explaining my screw up. Only to have my slack account immediately disabled not long after sending the message.

I haven't heard from HR, or anything and i am panicking to high heavens. I just moved across the country for this job, is there anything i can even remotely do to redeem my self in this situation? Can i possibly be sued for this? Should i contact HR directly? I am really confused, and terrified.

EDIT Just to make it even more embarrassing, i just realized that i took the laptop i was issued home with me (i have no idea why i did this at all).

EDIT 2 I just woke up, after deciding to drown my sorrows and i am shocked by the number of responses, well wishes and other things. Will do my best to sort through everything.


Source: Accidentally destroyed production database on first day of a job, and was told to leave, on top of this i was told by the CTO that they need to get legal involved, how screwed am i?
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2018-05-11, 03:39 PM,
#2
It is not fair on him to be given that task on his first day!
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2018-05-11, 06:16 PM,
#3
Like MrLions said the company are DUMB giving a Jnr software developer this task!
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2018-05-11, 06:34 PM,
#4
That is very wrong, it must have broken the heart of that guy :(
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2018-05-11, 06:38 PM,
#5
This can happened by a lot of reasons, so backups are there for that.. Not sure why "backups were not restoring" and rookie can't be blamed for that. Cool

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2018-05-12, 02:51 PM,
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The company should've backed up their db.
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2018-05-12, 03:14 PM,
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(2018-05-11, 03:39 PM)MrLions Wrote: It is not fair on him to be given that task on his first day!

(2018-05-11, 06:16 PM)CPAGangster Wrote: Like MrLions said the company are DUMB giving a Jnr software developer this task!

(2018-05-11, 06:34 PM)Verilog Wrote: That is very wrong, it must have broken the heart of that guy :(

(2018-05-11, 06:38 PM)DrKent Wrote: This can happened by a lot of reasons, so backups are there for that.. Not sure why "backups were not restoring" and rookie can't be blamed for that. Cool

(2018-05-12, 02:51 PM)chumban Wrote: The company should've backed up their db.

The company are idiots lol!
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2018-05-20, 12:32 PM,
#8
Really feels sad for the guy :(
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