WATCH: Lindsay Lohan threatens to fire staff for wearing the wrong shoes - plus more unreasonable workplace demands


Social media has been abuzz with feedback regarding the recent Twitter spat involving Lindsay Lohan. 

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So, Lindsay has lent her name to a club in Greece, it's called Lohan Beach House Rhodes. And last week the club posted this Instagram as a promo post: 

Lindsay, however, was not having this mismatched shoes vibe. The two staff members wore the same dress, but different shoes. 

The Cut reports that she tweeted the club, asking "Wear the same shoes please."

A follow up tweet read "Or you're fired."

A Twitter user asked Lindsay whether she was joking and she responded that she was "totally serious!"

Grounds for dismissal or completely unreasonable?

Recently in, an article about career risks you should take grabbed my attention. Specifically, a point in the piece talked about whether or not you should take the journey into the unknown by resigning without having planned ahead.

It made me curious to see if there were any folk amongst my friendship and social media circle who had taken the leap (turns out there were quite a few we couldn't include in the first piece). I asked them to share their experiences with me and also reached out for some expert advice, which you can read about here).

One of the biggest reasons for leaving? Their environment had become toxic and abusive and their responses make it clear that a lot of people place happiness and a healthy mindset over their jobs.

Here are more of our reader responses:

Twitter user @Soldin_ was told that he wasn’t all that great at his job – he resigned immediately.

*Jennifer says, "The timing was right but I know it was risky.”

It was stressful working out my notice and looking for a new job - I found the uncertainty was the worst.  

For me I was young and living at home with my parents and thankfully they supported my decision. I took a big risk and signed a contract for a temp position.  

The temp position became a permanent one and 11 years later I'm still here. If I'd been older with more commitments and expenses I'd probably not have left without something permanent lined up. The timing was right but I know it was risky. 

My advice is to think carefully and plan ahead. I went to recruitment agencies before work for interviews. I updated my CV and sent it to all the agencies I'd been registered with before. I was prepared to temp if necessary - and I got lucky but it isn't that way for everyone.

*Not her real name

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Toxic workplace situations became an everyday experience for *Fatima

I left my previous job with a couple of possible interviews lined up. Nothing was a solid and I only got the news a month after I resigned that I was successful in my application. But I honestly just couldn’t stay in the old job... It was making me depressed. The environment was toxic, my manager was toxic and the company had zero compassion despite the fact that they claimed to. I got verbal warnings and got pulled into meetings upon meetings about lateness (never more than 5mins) due to Metrorail, something that I had zero control over. My entire team didn’t ever take their allocated lunch break and chose to work through it. I would constantly get comments about taking a lunch break, they’d guilt trip me. The hours were terrible... I’d often work a full week plus over time, plus weekends and they didn’t pay overtime. It wasn’t the field I wanted to be in. Eventually I couldn’t deal so I left with only an interview lined up. I had tiny savings that got me through that the next month or more. I live with my mom so that helped. Luckily I got the other job

*Busisiwe took the risk twice – here’s why

My first job post uni was horrible. It was at a small independent company where I was promised a certain salary and given a certain job description.

Each month, however, the work increased and the pay remained ridiculous (R2500 a month). I was doing everything, from editing and proofreading to arranging launches and doing post office collections.

To top that, I was so overworked I could not even think of getting a second job. After six months I resigned, with nothing lined up.

They had a little bit of egg on their face, so we agreed I could “freelance” until I got something solid. For the next three months I did a quarter of what I used to do for the same amount. I had just moved to the city, with my family paying rent while “I figured things out”.

It was either that or move back to the Eastern Cape where I am from ... so I stuck it out and my mom’s savings saved me.

Out of 43 job applications I only got 3 interviews.

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My mom spent a lot of money on me. I fought with my dad a lot, mostly about why I don’t want to move back home. Then I got an interview with a company that seemed promising.

Two days after the interview I was offered the job I would have, and love, for the next four years. After some very good years, the company got very tight with everything and the bureaucracy started overwhelming the fun of the job.

That, and the prospect of no realistic raises, and the fact that I had reached the highest rung of the ladder that I would be able to reach while there, made me start looking for other opportunities. A temp job came up and I went to meet with them.

The next position I was stepping into was only for four months (maternity relief), but the pay raise would be so significant that I would be able to afford not work again for a month or two after that. So I resigned and started at the new company. How did I deal with the anxiety? I cried a lot, again, relied on friends and channelled stress into my temp job. I ended up really liking it, and convinced them to keep me on a month to month basis “while I look for something else”. After three months of this sort of career limbo someone in the department resigned, I applied for their job and now I have a permanent position. I have to highlight my support structure: my family carried me through it all – financially and emotionally. So did my friends. But also, I had incredible mentors along the way who kept motivating me, and an even more incredible therapist. When things got real I would go and see her and the dark clouds would clear enough for me to see another day forward.

*Not her real name

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Monique’s manager expected 16 hour work days – so she upped and quit

I was working for a manager who pulled 16 hour days and expected the same from me. She also had no management skills and I later found out this was her first time actually overseeing people. I never knew where I stood as expectations shifted according to the mood of the day. It made work very difficult and I started anticipating what drama would happen each day. My job was also always under threat.

Tallulah walked away from a job that became so toxic that she was even bothered on sick days

Yes, I had a job where I just had to walk away.

It was not an easy decision. I was going home every day and working, and working every weekend to try keep up. It was one of those jobs where you "might be needed after hours" but they treated my off time as belonging to them. "Tonight you'll go to this event".

My favourite was when I got into trouble for not being in two places on one night and had to give a formal apology. When I was off sick, asleep, I got a phone call telling me to post something on one of their channels.

They knew I was sick, but I still got into trouble for not answering that phone call even though I tried to return it when I woke up (and it went to voicemail.).

I debated quitting every single day for ages before I one day got pulled into a meeting and my manager asked "Do you think this job's for you?" And I just said "No, I don't" and I handed in my resignation that day. I was still in my first three months so I only had to give one week, but I gave them two.

And at the end of that first week there was a social media disaster that I had to handle (irony!) but then after I did that my manager actually said I'd come into my own and asked if I wanted to reconsider (nope!).

I went to two job interviews the first week after leaving and then there was a month of agony thinking that I'd never work again (I even considered starting my own business), but then I got offered the job I'm still at now.

It was far easier to go to interviews when I didn't have to worry about sneaking around, and I think that I presented myself better being fully rested. I'm very glad I got out of that situation even though my only safety net was a credit card (my family couldn't help me pay the bills).

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