Sounds like local government to me
Back in the 90s I once deleted three years of financial records for the county purchasing dept from a production Oracle DB thinking I was logged on to dev. The relevant manager didn’t really care because they were the oldest records and only kept for audit purposes which was highly unlikely to happen.
Nevertheless we all agreed the Right Thing To Do would be to restore from the backup tapes. But the most recent backup wouldn’t restore, and investigations showed that no backups had been verified for some months. The problem was found and fixed and in the end I was not in trouble as I had inadvertently prevented potentially much more serious data loss if something important had been fubarred.
I don’t think we ever got the deleted data restored cos the manager was happy that there were some older verified backup tapes which could be mounted if audit ever needed them (they never did).