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Unread 09-04-2010, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Where I used to work I was on salary. I was not allowed to leave until my relief took over. Since there was no overlap between shifts there was an unwritten rule that you showed up 15 minutes early for turnover. The person that was my relief not only never showed up early, but was usually 15 to 45 minutes late. She did not care she was late all of the time. If she wanted a day off to do something and no one would trade with her, she would wait until 1 hour before the start of her shift and then call in sick. That almost always resulted in me working a double shift.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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As an Asian woman living in America, I learned that Americans are very focused on time. It is quite obvious that culture does influence how we view time. I mean I know not to be late for work, meetings, and other things, but I tend to be late for a lot of other things as well. My friends and I like to call it "CPT" (Color people time, don't take the word color too serious now) so we know not to take it too serious if someone's late. I think this is probably why we like to say ____ starts at "11" when it really starts at 12. We're one hour ahead and prepare.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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As an Asian woman living in America, I learned that Americans are very focused on time. It is quite obvious that culture does influence how we view time. I mean I know not to be late for work, meetings, and other things, but I tend to be late for a lot of other things as well. My friends and I like to call it "CPT" (Color people time, don't take the word color too serious now) so we know not to take it too serious if someone's late. I think this is probably why we like to say ____ starts at "11" when it really starts at 12. We're one hour ahead and prepare.
How interesting!! I never thought of it as a cultural difference!
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Unread 09-04-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I can't stand it when people are late. This would be one of my personal pet peeves. My in laws are often many hours late and once didn't even show up. I can't believe the amount of rudeness involved in that.

I have to work on not being too early. Sometimes I have to wait in the car for a little while before going in. It makes me really cranky when I'm late or someone makes me late. I'm gonna blame that character trait on my dad. LOL
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Unread 09-04-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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People who are constantly late enrage the Chowhound.


Yes, bad enough to make him talk in the third.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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I always leave in plenty of time to where ever. Always. Rather get there a bit early than one minute late, I have a real problem with lateness, a real peeve.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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"Don't worry be happy" "Don't sweat the small stuff" U will never understand human behavior and no one can answer the question "WHY" for anyone else. Life is much simpler if u live yours instead of others. My mom told me that the key to happiness is staying focused on what I do and not trying to correct what my sisters do She was right. U can't make anyone march to the beat of your drum even if it for their own good and yours. And that's why people are always late
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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Canada
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My wife used to be always on time, then one day she exclaimed "I'm late", and the rest is history, twins.

This post is not about your wife's cycle LOL
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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I tend to be late to social functions. I suck at knowing how much time I need to get things done beforehand.

When it comes to school and work, I am hardly ever late.

There is a guy in one of my classes and he is constantly late. You'd think he would leave the house a bit earlier or something. I think he has a lack of respect for the class' time and our professor's time.

I hate feeling rushed and I hate being late. I am slowly but surely getting better at being on time for social functions (meeting friends for pizza, meeting a friend for a movie, meeting a friend for brunch, etc).
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Unread 09-04-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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DW and I are prompt, if not early for work, appointments, etc. Where we falter is doing on day trips or vacations. We always wind up leaving late.

I think a big part of it is that she works overnights and has to re-adjust her clock to daytime functioning when plans come up. It's hard for her to switch up her sleeping and activity schedules. So, we've become involuntarily flexible and we tryt to do our best to get places on time.
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