This is an interesting example of a difference between different cultures.
One reader wrote:
When I went to Italy, I booked a room online.Send your comments to email@example.com
My flight was delayed so I called and said I would be late.
When I arrived, nobody answered the door.
It was almost midnight.
I didn't know what to do.
I found a restaurant next door and asked for help.
They called the owner, but he didn't answer so they let me stay.
When the owner did come back he said, "You said you would come late."
Yes, but …
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