For the week ending 26 December 2009 / 8 Tevet 5770

Late for an Appointment

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Question: I sometimes find myself stuck in traffic or otherwise detained from keeping an appointment on time. While there is a possibility that I can make it on time or at worst with a slight delay, there is also the danger that my arrival will be postponed even further by circumstances. What is the right thing to do?

Answer: The only decent thing to do in such a case which is common to virtually everyone is to call the person you are scheduled to meet and relate your situation. His schedule may be flexible enough to accommodate your lateness or he may wish to reschedule for another hour or date. Never gamble on making it on time and saving a call because unexcused lateness may well be interpreted as a sign of disrespect.

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