As an object lesson in how one's value as a human being is proportional to the amount of profit one generates, today I was officially denied unemployment insurance due to the magnitude of monetary loss I accidentally caused my former employer.
Here follows, in the New York State Department of Labor's words (awkward spelling, grammar and capital lettering intact), precisely the reason they feel no need to help support me while I struggle to find another job:
YOU WERE DISCHARGED BECAUSE ON 1/8/03 YOU DID NOT "WATCHING DOWN" A CASSETTE PRIOR TO SENDING TO THE NETWORKS, WHICH RESULTED IN TOYOTA MISSING AN AIRDATE AND SERVERING THEIR $300,000.00 RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYER. YOUR GROSS NEGLIGENCE CONSTITUTES MISCONDUCT.
Apparently, the cutoff line between forgiveable and unforgiveable mistakes is at or below $300,000.00(per year? this year? overall?). It's nice to know the upper limit (to the cent!) of New York's assessment of my human value.