Do you get upset when people are late all the time?

@Amstardam (1348)
United States
July 6, 2007 5:16pm CST
I hate it when people are late all the time. I can handle a few minutes here and there but when people are constantly an hour or two late, it really bothers me. I have learned to tell people that events start an hour or two before they really do so they will be there on time! How do you handle those people who have no value on time?
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@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
6 Jul 07
i dont like to being late and I hate late people. if you think that you might be late, just call. Oh my god, you wait for one to two hours? i don't do that, if they are late for 30minutes the first time or an hour; then I might have to tell them to be on time and if they are keep doing that then I would go and let them wonder where you are.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
19 Jul 07
I think I'm getting less patient as I get older, haha! A big pet peeve of mine is if people don't call when they're going to be late!!
@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
19 Jul 07
oh yeah, I like your username. I love stars! :)
• United States
20 Jul 07
Yes, this drives me nuts! I always try to be on time for events, if not a little bit early, just to make sure that I make it on time. There are some events where being "fashionably late" is acceptable, but those tend to be fairly few and far between for most normal people (i.e., non-celebrities). I've found that ultimately, I just don't really associate with people who don't place value on time. I know that my time is valuable, and waiting around for late people wastes my time.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Celebrities don't count, haha! I'm usually late to family events...depending on what they are. Like going over to my husbands parents house...we're always there for like 5 or 6 hours so I try to get there as late as possible. It's like a once or twice event for his family so it's getting pretty annoying.
@yamskee (830)
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
before i was always on time or i see to it that i came ahead of time. but since i experienced being stood up for hours and encounter people who were always late. ive decided to do the same things. i see to it that ill also be late.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Wow, sounds like it has happened way too often for you! I can't stand being late, but I have learned that it's okay to be late!!
@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
19 Jul 07
Tho i am not a great lover of law & order or authorities and im pretty free spirited, timekeeping is one thing i put great honour into. I hate people being late, tho i do have a few friends which i have accepted they run on a different time to me. Personally i rather be where im suposed to be 10 min early than five min late.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Some people do just run on a different time. I had friends who just came whenever they felt like it...sometimes when the party was already over but I learned why...they didn't like a certain person who was always there. I find that some people who run late have reasons why they do it.
@wilynn (753)
• Singapore
19 Jul 07
Well, we can always beat them at their own game. For instance, for me and one of my friends, whenever we make appointments, I'll deliberately make the appointment earlier. Sometimes, the result is I'll be there slightly earlier, hence, I don't have to wait too long. Sometimes, I'll deliberately come later to let her wait. That way, she will not know that I know and used some tactics against her. This way, will not hurt our relationship.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
21 Jul 07
That's a good idea. This isn't something to ruin relationships over but it has been done.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
19 Jul 07
My brother is habitually late. What can I say, he was born late. Usually up to half an hour late, like clockwork. I always tell people "If you want him there on time, tell him you're meeting half an hour earlier." If you're meeting him for a movie at 7pm, tell him 6:30pm. He'll be there by 7. It's annoying, but in his case it's also funny as hell.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
21 Jul 07
haha, yeah! It is really funny, especially when they find out! Like if they're talking to another friend about being there at 6:30 and their friend is like...I thought it started at 7:00. Oops...
@GardenGerty (115702)
• United States
7 Jul 07
A long time ago ( a million years) I had a family of girls who always complained that I was too early, and that they could not get ready on time. Granted, it was just minutes, but these minutes were spent waiting with my own kids on the bus and other students whose pickup time was earlier. I got to where I arrived a little earlier every day for awhile, and also told them that if my three year old and six year old could do it, so could they. They did get better. I probably would do like you and give a little lead time if it was important that they be there.
@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
19 Jul 07
It's always hardest with family! I remember when I was a kid and my parents would always say "be ready by 7am" so I would and we wouldn't end up leaving until 8:30am because no one else was ready! Grr!!
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
7 Jul 07
I dont like to ditch people or let them think i ditched them, so if im runnign late, i call them to give a heads up. I dont like when people are late though, I can deal with a few minutes, but I just get frustrated when other people hold me up. I think anything past 10-15 mins is rude. Id be fine if they called and told me they were gonna run a bit late though.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
19 Jul 07
I agree that beyond 10 or 15 minutes is rude...unless they have a reason for being late and it better be good!!