> If the data is so "critical" and the system is a live one No, people's pre-paid account balances are not so critical, now are they? I'm sure all the clients don't care about that. > a) unexperienced > b) careless > c) stupid Hey, do you know this guy? You certainly describe him well. > In either case they deserve what has happened and I believe it will be a > good lesson for them. You tell 'em! > Some things cannot be learned unless you experience them alive ;) Well said. Truth is that the guy who did it is scared to death to tell the boss. We may have a way to reconstruct the bulk of the data from another source, but this poor sucker is going to have to pay for the development of that script--not a trivial one either. :( Thanks.