It's not a cry story or anything like that. I was a level 106 and had two characters. Character slot 1 was my first creation that I made at the very start of GTA-O but hated the look of. My 2nd character is the one I had used for a very long time.
I decided I wanted to delete character 1 from the choose character screen, so as character 2 was highlighted when I pressed the x button (delete character) I toggled right and it made the sound that I had toggled to another character and at the same time up popped a window that covered the whole screen asking 'please confirm you want to delete this character by typing in delete', so I did that, but to my horror it deleted character 2. I wonder why it asks us to name each character, I think the characters name should pop up as well in that question about deleting character.
Anyway you would think it would be all doom and gloom after that error but you know what, I may have lost some nice vehicles, lots of ammo and weapons and a nice apartment but starting again has been pretty good, all I miss is my carbine rifle with pink tint (thats really the only gun I used), I miss my convertible sentinel, I also miss having all the custom unlocks for the cars.
I haven't as yet encountered any tanks which is probably due to being put in low level lobbies where folk cant afford them. The low level lobbies are quite mad really, funny at times to partake in, full of people learning the game and honestly messing up, really interesting. So if you're a wolf and wanna take down some lambs that are genuinely new to gta online then think about starting again at level 1 lol.
The grind is hard but the game for me has never been about the long slog.