Too Early

The delivery guy came to pick up some stuff early this morning. Too early. This is typical. But this time he was so early we weren't ready, and we had to send him away and have him return later. So, he said he'd do some other things and return at 12 noon. To me 12 noon means12 noon give or take five minutes before or after. Or just 12:00 pm is fine, too. But this is Japan, and time is different here. So, what time did he return? 11:30 am. Early again. Typical. I expected this, of course, so we were ready this time. But I have to wonder. This desire to be hyper efficient to provide extreme service by being too early actually leads to inefficiency. And it's potentially dangerous, too. My delivery dude, after all, had to make two trips, right? That's not efficient. I certainly appreciate the intent, though. Anyway, after we set the delivery guy free, we started walking out to the store -- where we were promptly almost run over by a pizza delivery guy flying by on his jet-fast, three-wheel motor scooter. Rushing to be early, I'm sure. These guys nearly clip me at least once a week. I wonder what a death here and there does to their on-time- delivery rating?

Comments:

I wish we had this "problem" of people turning up early here in India. It seems better than late...atleast for those who are prepared.

Posted by Onkar Joshi on February 11, 2008 at 05:42 PM JST #

People are not early in India? :) I think Japan is a bit extreme in this regard.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on February 12, 2008 at 05:07 AM JST #

Nope. In most cases, people here are late for most things. Especially for social occasions.

In fact we joke about it as well. IST (Indian Standard Time) is often called "Indian Stretchable Time". And when some is late, we sometimes say, "He may be running on IST".

Posted by Onkar Joshi on February 13, 2008 at 06:52 PM JST #

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